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EVENTS & FESTIVALS IN LAOS
Laos cerebrates many annual festivals called "Boun" in Lao Language 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, thus changed every year. Please check the latest information before visiting these events.
JANUARY
International New Year's Day
Date: 01 January 2014
Venue: Nationwide
   
Phrathat Sampang Stupa Festival
Date: 02-04 January 2015

Venue: Champasack Province
   
Lao National Military's Day
Date: 20 January 2015

Venue: Nationwide

 
   
FEBRUARY
Wat Phou Festival
Date: 03 February 2015
Venue: Champasack Province

The Wat Phou festival is annually held in the full moon of the 3rd month of lunar calendar, on the grounds of the enchanting pre-Angkorian Wat Phou remains in Champasack. There are elephants racing, buffaloes fighting, cocks fighting and performances of Lao traditional musics and dances. The trade fair showcasing the products from the southern province of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam is also held.
   
Sikhottabong Festival
Date: 03 February 2015

Venue: Khammouane Province
This religious festival is held at Sikhottabong stupa, located about 8km south of Thakhek. A trade fair also held in the festival featured the display and sales of products of more than 130 booths from nine districts of this central province along with goods from neighboring Thailand.
   
The Elephant Festival and Trade Fairs
Date: 15-16 February 2015 (Trade Fairs)
Date: 17-19 February 2015 (Elephant Festival)

Venue: Sayabouly District, Sayabouly Province
The event features a competition of 60 brightly adorned elephants competing for being the "Elephant of the Year", along with elephant processions and bathing, mahout (elephant training) demonstrations, traditional Buddhist blessings, fun fairs, night markets, and live music and dance performances.....                                                                                  <<Read more.....>>
   
Boun Khao Chi (Makhaboucha)
Date: 19 Febuary 2015
Venue: Nationwide

This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar at the "Wat" (temple) in the morning for purposeduring, the full moon commemorating the speech given by Buddha to 1,250 enlightened monks. Temple goers circumnavigate the Wat Three times with candles in a ceremony known as vien tian. Boun khao Chi - special bread of sticky rice, coated with egg and then grilled, is made and offered to the monks. This offering occurs during Makhaboucha.
MARCH
Boun Khoun Khao or Khoun Lan (Rice Ceremony)
Date: March
Venue: Nationwide

This is a harvest festival. "Baci" ceremony is performed in order to give thanks to the land .
   
Boun Phavet
Date: March
Venue: Nationwide

A ceremony of offering to have one's future read from a piece of paper drawn, during the three day-three night festival. At the Boun Phavet, people get a piece of paper where their future are written. The ceremony last three days-three nights.
APRIL
"Boun Pi Mai" Lao's New Year
Date: 14-16 April 2015
Venue: Nationwide

The new year celebration includes especially beautified and the most colorful parade wearing traditional Lao costumes with music and dance, the procession of the sacred Prabang Buddha image, and the Miss New Year beauty contest will be shown.....
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MAY
Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)
Date: May
Venue: Vientiane Province (Phon Hong District) and Nationwide

The festival is a call for rain and  a celebratiion of feritlity. In the afternoon, people gather in the fields on the outskirts of villages and towns to launch self-made firework rockets. Different communities compete for the best decorated and the highest travelling rocket. Men disguised as women and perform some acts in order to anger th gods. As a revenge, the gods are expected to send thunderstorms.....                                                                                                          <<Read more.....>>
   
Boun Visakhaboucha
Date: 02 May 2015
Venue: Nationwide

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.
JUNE
International Children's Day and National Tree Planting Day
Date: 1 June 2015
Venue: Nationwide
JULY
Asalahaboucha Day and Boun Khao Phansa Festival (Buddhist Lent)
Date: 30 July 2015
Venue: Vientiane Capital and Nationwide

The beginning of the Buddhist Lent. During the next three-month period, monks spend most of their time in prayer and meditation are restricted from spending nights in other temples other than their own.
AUGUST
   
SEPTEMBER
Boun Khao Padabdin (Rice Growing Festival) and Boat Racing Festival
Date: 12 September 2015
Venue: Nationwide and Luang Prabang Province

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.
   
Boun Khao Salak Ancestor Festival Day
Date: 27 September 2015
Venue: Nationwide

This is for offerings to be made for dead ancestors to obtain merit. Popular and exciting longboat-racing competitions are held to celebrate the River. This festival is held during the tenth full moon of the lunar calendar.
   
Boat Racing Festival
Date: 08 September 2015
Venue: Khammouane Province

This is held on the Sebangfai River. At the same occasion a trade fair of agricultural products, local handicrafts, Traditional Lao music and dance performance are organized. In this festival, citizens donate offerings to dead ancestors to gain merit.
OCTOBER
Naga Rocket
Date: 27 October 2015
Venue: Bolikhamxay Province

The fireballs coming out from the water's surface, can be seen once a year on the last night of the Lao Buddhist Lent. The Naga Rockets can be spotted where the Nam Ngum and the Mekong river meet in Thaprabath District, Bolikhamxay Province, as well as in Pak Ngum District, 60 km east of Vientiane.
   


Boun Ok Phansa and Boat Racing Festival
Date: 27 October 2015 (Boun Ok Phansa & 
Lhai Heua Fai, Festival of the Boats of Light)
Date: 28 October 2015 (Boat Racing Festival)
Venue: Vientiane Capital and Nationwide

On the first day at dawn, donation and offerings are made at temples around the city. In the evening, candlelight processions are held around the temples and hundred of colorful floats decorated with flower, incense and candle are set adrift down the Mekong river in thanksgiving to the river spirit. The next day, a popular and exciting boat racing competition is held on the Mekong river..

Venue: Sayabouly Province
That marks the end of the monks' three-month-fast and retreat during the rainy season. At dawn, donation and offerings are made at the temples. Prayers are chanted by the monks, and at dusk candlelight procession wind round the temples. Concurrently, hundreds of decorated candlelit-floats, made of paper, are set adrift in the rivers. These carry offerings and incense, transforming the river into a fragrant snake of sparkling.
   
1st Lao Coffee Festival
Date: ....... October 2015
Venue: Pakse, Champasack

Arabica coffee was first introduced in Lao around 1920 under the French rule on the Bolaven Plateau covering 03 districts: Paksong, Laongarm and Thataeng. After the World War II, Robusta was introduced and progressively developed.....
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NOVEMBER
Handicraft Festival
Date: 01 November  2015
Venue: ITECC, Vientiane Capital

Over 370 producers have reaffirmed their participation at the International Trade Exhibitionand Convention Centre (ITECC). Events of the fest include silk, cotton, rattan, wood, silver, and pottery products as well as Lao traditional foods demonstration, handicraft products contest, fashion show of Lao cloths and Japan Kimono.....                                           <<Read more.....>>
   
That Luang Festival and Trade Fair in Vientiane Capital
Date: 22 October-25 November 2015
Venue: Vientiane Capital

This religious festival is held in and around That Luang Stupa, the National Symbol of Laos. It is a three-day religious festival celebrated at full moon in November. It begins with pre-dawn gathering of ten thousands of pilgrims from Laos and Thailand at That Luang who listen to prayers and sermons chanted by hundreds of monks representing all Lao wats. The festival ends with a huge fireworks display.....                                                                                                                        <<Read more.....>>
DECEMBER
Lao National Day
Date: 2 December 2015
Venue: Nationwide

This celebrates the 1975 victory ofthe proletariat over the monarchy with parades, speeches, etc. Lao National and communist hammer and sickle flags are flown all over the country. Celebration is mandatory, hence poorer communities postpone some of the traditional Ok Phansa activities-usually practiced roughly a month earlier-until National Day, thus saving themselves considerable expense.
   
Hmong New Year
Date: Beginning of December
Venue: Vientiane, Oudomxay, Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang

The Hmong New Year celebration features colorful displays of traditional costumes made from green, red and white silk and ornate silver jewelry. Music from traditional Hmong instruments such as the teun-flute, Hmong-style khene pipe and leave blowing is enjoyed. Other festivities include the Makkhon (cotton-ball) throwing ceremony, ox fighting, spinning-top races and crossbow demonstrations.
   
That Inhang Festival
Date: 
Venue: Savannakhet Province

This festival wil be held on the grounds of the splendid that Inhang Stupa which is located just outside the city of Savannakhet. An international trade fair will include exhibitions of tourism products from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The fair will also include the performance of Traditional Lao music and dance, as well as a sports competition featuring football, boxing, tennis and local traditions, including a druming competition.
 
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