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.
Lao National Day
December 2nd - Celebrating the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975, by the Pathet Lao (literally "the Lao people," and the name of the Communist Party). The new flag was introduced: blue, white and red… the color red representing the blood shed for independence, and the blue representing the Mekong, or health of the country. The white disc symbolises the moon over the Mekong, or the unity of the country under the Communist government.
The holiday is celebrated nationwide, and even in the tiniest towns and villages, celebration is mandatory. In Luang Prabang, there are parades, speeches and dancing at That Luang temple and Lao National and communist hammer and sickle flags are flown all over the country.
Hmong New Year
This colourful event showcases the fascinating culture and history of the Hmong people, the third largest ethnic group in Laos. It's a celebration of colours and their biggest festival of the year - a definite must see.
Luang Prabang Film Festival
That Inhang Festival, Savannakhet
This festival is held on the grounds of the splendid That Inhang Stupa, located just outside of Savannakhet in Southern Laos. The festival includes an international trade fair with vendors from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The festival also features a sports competition for football, boxing, tennis, along with traditional Lao music, dance, and drumming preformances.
International New Year
For International New Year, Laos celebrates by filling the sky with beautiful lanterns instead of of fireworks.