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 Khao Salak Ancestor Festival - 13th (2019)
Hold during the 10th full moon of the lunar calendar, this festival is a celebration and a remembrance of the dead. During this festival, the Lao make offerings to the monks at the local Wat on behalf of deceased ancestors. Participant gives "good merits" to the devotes.
Most of the people go to the temple early this day, with offering to the monks. Large food trays are brought to the monks, with several "best" dishes that families can cook.
All the people will bring that offerings with a piece of papers talking about ancestors that will be read publicly.
BOAT RACING FESTIVAL, LUANG PRABANG - 29th (2019)
In Luang Prabang, Boun Suang Heua, or the Boat Racing Festival is held on Khao Padapdin, the Day of the Commemoration of the Dead. At the Khao Padabdin ceremony day, people visit local temples to make offerings to dead ancestors as well as to share merit-making. Traditional racing boats are carved using one single tree. The boats belong to a village and are usually kept in a shelter on the temple grounds and come out only once a year for the race. Several days before the race the boats are cleaned and presented with offerings because the boats are considered sacred items. These boats can hold approximately fifty paddlers. This festival includes boat racing on the Nam Khan River and a trade fair in Luang Prabang World Heritage town.
Boat Racing Festival, Khammouane Province
This festival which is held specifically on the Sebangfai River in the Khammouane Province, jointly features boat races along with an agricultural and local handicraft trade fair. Traditional Lao music and dance performances are given, and the you’ll see that the citizens give offerings to deceased ancestors in order to gain merit.