Events & Festivals in Laos
Laos has many festivals, or Boun scattered throughout the year to commemorate various aspects of traditional Lao lifestyle and culture. Most festivals are connected with religion and follow the rice farming seasonal cycle. The timing each festivals is calculated according to the Buddhist lunar calendar which changes every year. Please check the latest information before attending these events.
Boun Makha Bous’a
This temple-based festival is held on the full-moon to commemorate the speech given by Buddha to 1,250 enlightened monks. Temple-goers circumambulate the wat three times with candles in a ceremony known as vientiane.
Boun Khao Chi
Special sticky rice cakes are coated in egg and then grilled before being offered to the monks during this festival which Is tied to Boun Makha Bous’a. But this offering is no longer widely practiced.
Wat Phou Festival, Champasack Province
The Wat Phou festival is held annually on the 3rd full moon of the lunar calendar, at the enchanting pre-Angkorian Wat Phou ruins in Champasack. Elephant races, buffalo fights, and cocks fights are held along with performances of traditional Lao music and dancing. There is also a trade fair that showcases products from southern Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Pachyderm Festival (Elephant Festival)
The Asian elephant is celebrated over the course of two days in mid-February when Laos turns its eyes to Sayabouly Province and the Elephant Festival.