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Laos Events

Laos 2017 events

Lao New Year (Bun Pi Mai)

Date (To be confirmed):
April 2017

During the celebration of Lao new year houses are cleaned and Lao people ce ......

During the celebration of Lao new year houses are cleaned and Lao people celebrate by splashing each other during water flights.

Venue:
Throughout Laos.

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Culture

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Visakha Puja

Date (To be confirmed):
May 2017

Chanting, religious instruction, and candlelit processions highlight this t ......

Chanting, religious instruction, and candlelit processions highlight this temple festival in celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of the Lord Buddha.

Venue:
Throughout Laos.

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Religion

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Rocket Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
May 2017

Bamboo rockets, known as ‘bang fai’ are shot into the sky to stimulate ......

Bamboo rockets, known as ‘bang fai’ are shot into the sky to stimulate a favourable rice harvest. There is also lots of music and enthusiastic dance.

Venue:
Throughout Laos.

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Culture

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Boun Khao Phansaa

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2017

Boun Khao Phansaa marks the time of Buddhist Lent when Buddhist monks retre ......

Boun Khao Phansaa marks the time of Buddhist Lent when Buddhist monks retreat from the monsoon rains into their monasteries. This tends to be when there is an influx of young monks, or when those already studying engage in meditation.

Venue:
Throughout Laos.

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

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Haw Khao Padap Din

Date (To be confirmed):
August 2017

A sombre festival of the dead, marked by the ceremony of exhuming buried bo ......

A sombre festival of the dead, marked by the ceremony of exhuming buried bodies, and cremating them during the full moon. Relatives of the dead also present gifts to monks present at the ceremony.

Venue:
Throughout Laos.

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Religion

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Handicrafts Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
November 2017

Held at the ITECC (International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre) ov ......

Held at the ITECC (International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre) over 370 producers come to the capital to demonstrate their arts, from silk, cotton, rattan, wood, silver, and pottery products. There are also Lao traditional food demonstrations, handicraft products contests and fashion shows.

Venue:
International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre, Vientiane.

Address:
ITECC, Boulevard Kamphengmeuang, Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Art & Literature

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Bun Pha That Luang festival

Date (To be confirmed):
November 2017

Celebrated mainly in Vientiane for a whole week, this is one of the most im ......

Celebrated mainly in Vientiane for a whole week, this is one of the most important religious festivals, celebrating the Pha That Luong monument. People from all over Laos flock to the capital to see firework displays and to drink dance and be merry.

Venue:
Vientiane.

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Religion

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Luang Prabang Film Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
December 2017

A celebration of South East Asian film, this festival was set up by America ......

A celebration of South East Asian film, this festival was set up by American Gabriel Kuperman in 2009 while the first actual festival took place in 2010. The open-air free event features films from every South East Asian nation except Brunei.

Venue:
Luang Prabang

Address:
Luang Prabang, Laos

Category:
Theatre & Film

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Lao National Day

Date (To be confirmed):
December 2017

Every year in December Lao people celebrate the 1975 victory over monarchy ......

Every year in December Lao people celebrate the 1975 victory over monarchy and there’s not much choice but to join in – expect lots of Communist fanfare.

Venue:
Throughout Laos.

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
History

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Laos 2018 events

Bun Pha Wet

Date (To be confirmed):
January 2018

A festival that commemorates the Jataka, the life story of Lord Buddha as P ......

A festival that commemorates the Jataka, the life story of Lord Buddha as Prince Vessantara. The story is performed in temples throughout the country and this is considered a particularly auspicious time for gaining ordination as a monk.

Venue:
Throughout Laos

Address:
Vientiane, Laos

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Religion

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