Laos holidays and festivals

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Laos holidays and festivals
Laos holidays and festivals

The discovery of Laos holidays and festivals will bring you enjoyable experiences in the trip to this beautiful country.

Laos is well known as the land of a million elephants and the country of festivals. This article will provide readers more information about the most 3 unique festivals in Laos.

That Luang Festival

Pha That Luang Festival
Pha That Luang Festival

As a country where Buddhism is considered as the national religion. As a result, festivals are held in almost every month of the year. Of these festivals, That Luang is one of the unique traditional festivals which contains a lot of Laos’ cultures; and draws the attention of a large number of tribes across the country, the people of the northeastern province of Thailand and international visitors. That Luang festival takes place near the full moon day of December of the Buddhist calendar, lasts one week and ends on the full moon day of this month. In this festival, there are thousands of goods departments on exhibition. Almost all of them are the products of the local agriculture, industry and handicrafts sector throughout the country and in its neighboring nations.

Pha That Luang Festival
Pha That Luang Festival

One of the main parts of the That Luang festival is the procession of Pha Sat Pheung from Wat Si Muong pagoda to That Luang. Pha Sat Pheung is an architectural model which is made of bulk material and decorated with the flowers made of brilliant yellow beeswax. On the top are arranged 9 white lotus flowers and around the tower are strings of flowers or money.

Bun Bang Fai festival

Bun Bang Fai festival
Bun Bang Fai festival

In Laos and Thailand, Bang Fai Bun festival – the fire rocket festival pray for rain of Laotians. The Laos festival is held on different days of the month in various villages all over the country.

The rocket festival for rain making in Naxone village, Pakngum district, Vientiane is bigger than that of other villages. The reason is that this village is quite close to Vientiane – the capital of Laos; thus, attracting a significant number of the people of Vientiane and surrounding regions.

Bun Bang Fai festival
Bun Bang Fai festival

Previously, in Vientiane, many traditional Laos festivals were organized. However, nowadays, due to the process of urbanization, rows of houses have been springing up like mushrooms. Consequently, this Laos festival is no longer allowed to be held in this city.

Water Splashing Festival

Water Splashing Festival
Water Splashing Festival

Water splashing festival in Laos, also called Bunpimay festival often takes place from 13 to 15 of April every year of the Buddhist calendar. The Laos festival is aimed at bringing the prosperity for all things; and the happiness and the purity for the human life. On Tet holiday, people usually splash water on each other to pray for good luck during the whole next year. The Bunpimay festival takes place for three days. The first day, also the last day of the previous year, the local people clean every corner in their houses and prepare scented water and flowers. In the afternoon, the villagers gather together in the pagoda to worship, pray and listen to the preachers. After that, the Buddha statue is placed in a separate room in three days and the door of the room is kept open so that everyone can bathe the Buddha. After being used to bathe the Buddha, the scented water will be taken away to apply on those who do good.

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