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1 Traditional festivals in Laos Present by jetxing inthavong Participate from Laos Friday 15 March 2013

2  About Laos  Tradition festivals and events  Show some you photos of festival  Show you some video clips of festivals contents

3 About Laos Area: 236,800 Sq Km Population: 6,288,000 Prefecture: 17 provinces Capital city: Vientiane Ethnicity: 3 main groups 1, Lao Loum (lowland people) 2. Lao Theung (midland people) 3. Lao Soung (highland people) References:

4 Month Jan Feb March April May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Events Bun Pha Vet 1.Marha PuhaMarha Puha 2.2.Vietna mese Tet and Chinese New Year 3.Sikhotabon g Festival 4. Wat Phu festival. Wat Phu festival Boun Khoun Khao Boun Pimai (or Pimai Lao) 1. Labour Day 2. Visakha Puja 3. Boun Bang Fai (rocket festival3. Boun Bang Fai (rocket festival) 1.Childr en's Day Khao Phansa 1.Haw Khao Padap Din 1.Awk Phansa 2Boat Racing festival Boun That Luang That 1.Lao Nationa l Day 2. That Inhang Festival. That Inhang Festival photos photo Video clip Clipsclip References of Tradition festivals and events


6  This festival is organized in Luang Prabang from Aug 17 to Aug 18, including boat racing on the NamKhane River and a trade fair in Luang Prabang city. At the Khao Salak ceremony day, people visit local temples to make offering to the dead as well to share merits making. Boat Racing festival

7  With its origins in pre-Buddhist rain-invoking ceremonies, this festival now coincides with the Lao Visakha Puja celebrations. Large bamboo rockets are built and decorated by monks and carried in procession before being blasted skywards to invite the rains. The higher a rocket goes, the bigger its builder’s ego gets. Designers of failed rockets are thrown in the mud. Parades, songs, dances and partying everywhere. This dramatic festival lasts 2 days and also celebrated in north east Thailand Boun Bang Fai (rocket festival)

8  Boun Pimai is one of the most important annual festivals (particularly in Luang Prabang) to celebrate Lao New Year in the lasting several days in mid-April (13-15). The first month of the Lao New Year is actually December but festivities are delayed until April when days are longer than nights. By April it’s also hotting up, so having hoses leveled at you and buckets of water dumped on you is more pleasurable. It is a combination of merriment and meditation. Similar to festivals at this time of year in other Southeast Asian countries - particularly Thailand - Boun Pimai is celebrated with parades, circle dance (ramwong), traditional Lao folk singing (mor lam) and enthusiastic water-throwing. The religious aspects of the festival are most apparent in Luang Prabang, where Buddha statues are worshiped with water pouring ceremonies. Temple compounds are further decorated with small sand Stupas, offered as merit towards good fortune and health. Boun Pimai (or Pimai Lao)

9  This takes place at That Luang in Vientiane. Hundreds of monks assemble to receive alms and floral votives early in the morning on the first day of the festival. There is a colorful procession between Wat Si Muang and Pha That Luang. The celebration lasts a week and includes fireworks and music, culminating in a candlelit circumambulation (wien thien) of That Luang That Luang Festival ( full moon)

10  It is a temple-centre festival in which the jataka or birth-tale of Prince Vestsantara, the Buddha’s penultimate life, is recited in temples throughout the country and this is considered a particularly auspicious time for ordination as a monk. It falls on different dates throughout the month so that people can exchange invitations with friends and families in different villages to join in their celebrations. This is also a favored time (second to Khao Phansaa) for Lao males to be ordained into the monk hood Bun Pha Vet

11  Devoted to remembering and paying respect to the dead, it is marked by the macabre ceremony of exhuming previously buried bodies, cleaning the remains, and then cremating them on the night of the full moon. Relatives then present gifts to the monks who have chanted on behalf of those who have passed away. Haw Khao Padap Din

12  This festival marks the beginning of the traditional three month "rains retreat" during which Buddhist monks are expected to station themselves in a single monastery. At other times of year they are allowed to travel from wat to wat or simply to wander in the countryside, but during the rainy season they forego the wandering so as not to damage fields of rice or other crops. It commences at the full moon in July and continues until the full moon in October and all ends with the Kathin ceremony in October when monks receive gifts.. These are the most usual months for ordination and for men to enter the monk hood for short periods before they marry and is marked by numerous ordination ceremonies Khao Phansao (also Khao Watsa, full moon

13  This celebrates the 1975 victory of the proletariat over the monarchy with parades, speeches, etc. Streets strewn with national flags and banners, processions, parades. Celebration is mandatory, hence poorer communities postpone some of the traditional Awk Phansaa activities–usually practiced roughly a month earlier--until National Day, thus save themselves from considerable expense (much to the detraction of Awk Phansaa) Lao National Day

14  Held on the night of the full moon, this festival commemorates a speech given by the Buddha to 1,250 enlightened monks who came to hear him without prior summons. In the talk, the Buddha laid down the first monastic regulations and predicted his own death. Chanting and offerings mark the festival, culminating in the candlelit circumambulation of wats (temples) throughout the country (celebrated most fervently in Vientiane and at the Khmer ruins of Wat Phu, near Champasak). The festival is marked by grand parades of candle-bearing worshippers circling their local temples, merit-making, and much religious music and chanting Marha Puha (or Makka Bu-sao)

15  This festival will be held on the grounds of the splendid That Inhang stupa, located just outside the city of Savannkakhet; an international trade fair will include exhibitions of tourism products from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and performance of traditional Lao, Thai and Vietnamese music and dance; the fair will also include a sports competition, complete with football, boxing and tennis matches and local traditions like a drumming competition. That Inhang Festival

16  It is organized annually in Champasak from Feb 5 to Feb 8, in the full moon of the 3rd month of lunar calendar, on the grounds of the enchanting pre-Angkorian. Wat Phu remains in Champasak. Festivities are elephants racing, buffaloes fighting, cocks fighting and performances of Lao traditional music and dance. The trade fair showcasing the products from the southern province of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam is also held Wat Phu festival

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