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That Luang Festival
This is the greatest of Laos festivals, held in Vientiane in
November. Witness monks receiving offerings and a candlelight
procession. Music fills the air and fireworks light the night
Magha Puja in Luang Prabang
This holiday honoring the Buddha's death occurs on the full moon
day, of the third lunar month, typically February. The Magha Puja
is a Laos festival honoring Buddha and his teachings with a
candle-light procession of monks from one Buddhist temple to
April 13th New Years in Luang Prabang: The Buddhist lunar New
Year is a 3 day party in the streets, with water fights and huge
celebrations. Water symbolizes cleansing and temple Buddha's are
brought out into the streets to be doused in water then and
returned to their "homes" on the 15th.
This more subdued Laos festival occurs during the rainy season
and signifies the beginning of time when Buddhist men retreat into
monasteries to read religious text and mediate. The end of this
three-month stint of intense Buddhist studies is signified by the
opposite holiday called Ok Vatsa.
Boun Khao Salak
Also known as the Festival of the Dead, this Laos festival takes
place on a full moon and honors the deceased by presenting them
with offerings of food and gifts. There is also a colorful Naga
boat race between men from surrounding areas.