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Bang Fai: also sometimes referred to as the Rocket Festival, this two-day religious event marks the start of the agricultural season. Highlights are the firing of decorated bamboo rockets into the sky, followed by musical performances and dancing. It is thought the firing of rockets acts as a reminder to the gods to start the rains, which water the rice fields.

June
Khao Phansaa: the start of Buddhist lent marks the beginning of the rainy season and a three-month period when monks must stay in their temples. At other times of the year, monks are allowed to travel between temples. During Buddhist lent they must stay at a single temple, partly to prevent any damage to the rice field during the wet season.

International Children’s Day: celebrated on 1 June with activities devoted to the welfare of children. The day is commonly marked with games, music and dramatic performances organized by local and international organizations.

August
Khao Padab Din: sees worshippers make offerings to the deceased. Monks are given gratuities for chanting on behalf of the dead. Considered somber by some outsiders, paying respect to dead ancestors is an important aspect of religion in Laos.

Constitution Day: the adoption of the constitution in 1991 is celebrated on this national holiday.

Power Seizing Day: marks the 1975 seizure of power by the Pathet Lao, which led to the abolition of the monarchy and the creation of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

October
 Awk Pansaa: the end of Buddhist lent is celebrated in Luang Prabang with a procession to Wat Xieng Thong and the city’s ceremonial steps of the Mekong River. During the festivities, monks are commonly offered gifts such as new robes. At night, locals congregate at the river to set afloat small boats made from banana leaves.

Boun Nam: held at the same time as Awk Pansaa, Boun Nam sees boat races held along the Mekong River. The locals take these races seriously, so expect to see some competitive teams on the water.

National Teacher’s Day: is celebrated on 7th October in commemoration of Lao teacher Khu Kham, who is celebrated for his dedication to teaching. The date of the festival marks the day when Kham was registered as a teacher in 1907. The nationwide school holiday gives children a chance to prepare gifts for their respective teachers in gratitude of their dedication. >>> Read more>>> Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13| 14 | 15 | 16 |