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EVENTS & FESTIVALS IN VIENTIANE CAPITAL
Almost every month of the year there is either a local festival or celebration in Laos. The word for festival in Lao is boun, which also means doing good things in order to gain merit for subsequent lives. If you are in Vientiane Capital while any of the festivals are taking place you will surely be welcomed and asked to join the fun. Please feel free to participate, however remember that most of the festivals are based on religious beliefs, so your hosts will appreciate it if you respect local codes of behavior.


Main Event Schedule
Boun Ok Phansa and Boat Racing Festival
That Luang Festival
September - October
October-November

Boun Ok Phansa and Boat Racing Festival
This festival is held after the monks’ three-month fast and rain retreat (Boun Khao Phansa) has ended. At dawn on the first day, donations and offerings are made at temples around the city. In the evening, candlelight processions are held at temples and hundreds of colorful floats decorated with flowers, incense andcandles are set adrift down the Mekong River paying respect to the river spirit. On the next day popular and exciting boat races are held to celebrate the Mekong River.

That Luang Festival
This religious festival is held in and around Thad Luang Stupa, the National Symbol of Laos, where hundreds of monks from all around the country gather to accept alms and floral votives from the people. The festival includes a grand fireworks display at night, and during the day, an international trade fair, showcasing tourism in Laos and other ASEAN countries as well as the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
The That Luang festival attracts Lao people and foreigners alike from around the world every year. It is the largest festival in Laos.
 
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