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 Visakha Bous’a
Falling usually on the fifteenth day of the sixth lunar month, this festival celebrates the birth, death and tatsahou (enlightenment) of Buddha.
Boun Bang Fai
Held just before the rainy season, Boung Bang Fai is a rainmaking and fertility festival. The people will gather for a wild and happy ceremony involving music, dance, and street processions, and culminating in the firing of rockets. Rockets are lit in an effort to tempt the gods to produce rain needed for rice cultivation and also to send the naga from the river bank into the rice field in order to attract the rain.