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
This full moon festival involves giving offerings to a specific monk (decided by a lottery system) – offerings include daily necessities such as books, pens, sugar, coffee and cigarettes. Laypeople also give tung peng (wax flower candles) to the monks. This ritual brings merit to the givers.
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.