Parades, grand markets, water fights and mass celebrations; Luang Prabang is one of the best places to celebrate the Laos New Year
With April being the hottest month of the year in Laos, you might have been hoping to hear about some kind of water-soaking activity. Well, today is your lucky day. Although people throw water over each other during the Laos New Year to 'promote longevity and peace', we're willing to bet they care more about having a laugh and cooling off.
Almost all Laotian people celebrate this holiday which is known as Boun Pi Mai or simply Laos New Year. In most places, festivities last for three days, although Luang Prabang usually sees celebrations run for a week. Goings on include parades, a trade fair at the Old Stadium, markets and a Miss Lao New Year competition.
As this town has a strong connection to Buddhism, the religious aspects of this festival are best experienced here. Buddha images are worshiped by many with water pouring ceremonies and temple compounds are beautifully decorated with symbolic sand stupas.
Even if you're not into the religious side of things, you can bet a water fight will go down well with your mates on a hot day. Although, we doubt throwing a water balloon in someone's face from close range will promote peace (or even longevity of friendship for that matter).
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