Laos Festivals & Event Calendar
Bun Pha Wet
is the temple festival people will exchange invitations to friends,
neighbors and family to join their celebrations. This festival is a commemoration
of the Jataka, the life story of Lord Buddha as Prince Vestsantara so temples
considered auspicious time for ordination day. This is will be a favored time
for Lao males to be ordained into the monks.
is an interest festival celebrated by buddhists in Laos / Thailand
on the night of the full moon. This day is a public holiday in Thailand and Laos & go to the
temple to perform merit-making activities. Celebrated most fervently in Vientiane
the Khmer ruins of Wat Phu, near Champasak province. The festival is marked by grand parades
of candle-bearing worshippers circling their local temples, merit-making, and much religious music and chanting.
Vietnamese Tet Festival & Chinese New Year Celebrated
, Pakse and Savannakhet
is the biggest event of the year. This time for friends, families and loved ones to come together, it is also a time
to pay respects to deceased ancestors. Many people celebrate with a hung of meal and fireworks displays which take
place in most major towns and cities. Most shops close their businesses at least one day over the holiday period.
is religious festival and held
at Sikhottabong stupa from 5 - 8 February every year, located about 6 km south of Thakhek. it was built in the 8-10th
centuries by King Nanthasene. The ruins of stupa was restored as its original design in the 1950's.
Wat Phu Festival
is a interest festival of Laos, organized annually in Champasak
from 5 - 8 February. Wat Phu is in Champasak. Festivities are buffaloes fighting, elephants racing, cocks
fighting and performances of Lao traditional music and dance. The trade showcasing the cheap price of
products from the southern province of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Boun Khoun Khao or Khoun Lan (Rice Ceremony)
This is a harvest festival held at
Songkhon district in Savannakhet Province. Basi ceremony is performed to give thanks for the land .
Boun Pimai (Pimai Lao)
is the most important annual festivals, especially in
It is lasting several days and starting from 13-15 April. That day water will be throwing among the people in a
spirit of fun and goodwill is the main activity of this festival. In addition you will join in dancing, singing
traditional song & beauty contest with the crowning of Miss Pimai.
Boun Bangfai (Rocket Festival)
is held at the beginning of the rainy season.
Bangfai is a rocket made from Large bamboo are built and decorated by monks. Different communities compete
for the best decorated and the highest traveling rocket and who will design failed rockets are thrown
in the mud, songs and dances. This dramatic festival lasts 2 days and also celebrated in north east Thailand.
June & July
is 1st June is a Laos Public Holiday !
beginning of the traditional 3 month during which Buddhist
monks are expected to station themselves in a single monastery. Other time they are travel from the
countryside, but during the rainy season they avoid to travel so as not to damage fields of rice or
other crops. This months is a special time for ordination and for men to enter the monkhood for
short periods before they marry.
Haw Khao Padap Din
starting in the middle of the rainy season. Khao Padabdin festival
is held in commemoration of dead ancestors. Over 2 days Buddhist devotees flock to the wats carrying silver
trays of offerings for monks and deceased ancestors. Music is traditionally performed in the grounds of
the wat while people make their donations.
Boat Racing Festival
held in Luang Prabang
from 17 - 18 Aug.
This festival includes boat racing on the Nam Khane River and a trade fair in Luang Prabang
At the Khao Salak ceremony day, people visit local temples to make offering to the dead as
well to share merits making.
Boun Ok Phansa
is the end of buddhist lent and the faithful take
offerings to the temple and it mean is end of the rainy season. Boat races take place on
the Mekong river with crews of more men and women. Before the race small decorated
rafts are set afloat on the river.
Boat Racing Festival
is held in Sebangfai river on 2 Sept in every year.
At the same occasion a trade fair of farming products, local handicrafts, traditional Lao music
and dance performance at the same time, citizens donate the offering to the dead in to share merits.
Awk Phansao (Awk Watsa)
similar to the Thai celebrates that call Loy Krathong,
this celebrates on the day of the full moon. Monks are at last permitted to leave the temple and
are presented with robes. One particularly beautiful & people gather at the nearest body of water
to release dozens of small banana-leaf boats decorated with candles, incense and small flowers.
Bun Nam (Water Festival)
The water festival held during kao Pansa
in riverside towns such as Vientiane
, Luang Prabang
and Savannakhet, the highly competitive Bun Nam boat races (suang heua)
are held during the same time as Awk Phansaa.
Boat Racing Festival
held in 2 - 3 Oct in Vientiane
. The water festival held
during k Pansa is spectacular on the first day donations and offerings to temples around the city.
In the evening candlelight processions are held around the temples and hundred of colorful flosta
decorated with flower. A popular and exciting boat racing competition is held on the Mekong.
Boun That Luang
celebrated at many temples and stupas around the country,
this festival is traditionally centered and most ardently and colorfully at That Luang in Vientiane
Fairs, beauty contests, music and fireworks take place throughout the week of the full moon,
and end with a candlelight procession around the temple.
That Luang Festival (Full Moon)
is held in That Luang, Vientiane
Hundreds of monks assemble to receive alms and floral votive early in the morning on the first
day of the festival. There is a colorful procession between Wat Si Muang & Pha That Luang.
The celebration lasts a week and includes fireworks and music, culminating in a candlelit curcumabulation.
Hmong New Year
in Oudomxay, Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang
Province is held between middle December - January. 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 Hmong-style khene pipe and teun-flute.