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LAOS FESTIVALS

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Laos cerebrates many annual festivals called "Boun", which are particularly enjoyable and beautiful, signifying traditional aspects of Lao lifestyle. Most festivals are connected with religion and the yearly rice farming cycle. The timing of the festivals is calculates according to the Buddhist lunar calendar.
 

Laos festivals in April
Festivals in Laos "Boun Pi Mai" Lao's New Year
Lao New Year is celebrated at the same time each year (April 14-16). This year, the 16th is the first day of the New Year.
On the 13th, Buddha images are taken out of the temples to be cleansed with scented water by devotees, and placed on special temporary altars within the compounds of "wats" (temples).
Devotees gather the scented water falling off the images, to take home and use it to pour on friends and relatives, as an act of cleansing and purification before entering the New Year. On the evening of the 15th, the images are returned to their proper shriners within the temples.
Boun Pi Mai is a time for much joyous celebration, with good deeds and prayers in anticipation the New Year.

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Laos festivals in May
Festivals in Laos Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)
A ceremony praying for rain is performed at the temple in the morning. In the afternoon, people gather in fields on the outskirts of villages and towns to launch the rockets with much abandoned revelry. Villages, communities and departments compete for the "best decorated" and the "highest traveling" rocket. Beginning around the middle of May, the festivals are staggered from place to place enable more participation and attendance. This is the time when an offering to the spirits can be made in a corner of one's garden, early each morning.
Festivals in Laos Boun Visakhaboucha
This festival is held during the sixth full moon of the lunar calendar for the Buddha. Candlelight processions are held in temples to mark the birth date of Buddha.

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Laos festivals in July
Festivals in Laos Boun Asalahaboucha and Boun Khao Pansa (Buddhist Lent)
This is the beginning of Buddhist Lent. During the next three-month period, monks spend most of their times in prayer and meditation and are restricted from spending nights in other "wats". This festival is held during the eighth full moon of the lunar calendar
Laos festivals in August
Festivals in Laos Boun Khao Padabdin (Rice) and Boat Racing Festival in Luang Prabang
At the Khao Padabdin ceremony day, people visit local temples to make offerings to dead ancestors as well as to share merit-making. This festival includes boat racing on the Nam Khan River and a trade fair in Luang Prabang World Heritage town.

Source: Lao National Tourism Administration

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