Luang Prabang is the land of tradition – each day in this ancient town, you can find ceremonies going on, for example a Baci blessing ceremony, Tak Bat – alms giving, a funeral or wedding. If you’re lucky, you can have chance to attend some of them. The Laos are friendly and generous people and they don’t mind asking you to join to have some awesome experience. Here in under are some Luang Prabang Festivals in a year that you could plan to join:
BOUN PI MAI – LAOS NEW YEAR IN APRIL
Widely known as water splashing festival, Boun Pi Mai is about purification for the New Year. During the biggest festival of the year, houses are cleaned and decorated, the statues of the Buddha are washed, a lot of marches on the streets, sometimes with ceremonial colorful elephants. People go to the temples in the town to make offerings to the Buddha and monks.
Boun Pi Mai is often held around mid-April, and the official public holiday ranges from 15th to 17th. This is definitely an amusing festival – you hardly pass by the streets without being wet by some buckets of water splashing on. However, it drops on hottest month of the year, so just enjoy it – more water, more fun.
BOUN VISAKHABUXA IN MAY
Boun Visakhabuxa is held on the Vesak full moon day to commemorate the Buddha’s three important incidents: his birth, enlightenment and passing away which incredibly drop on the same date and same month.
It’s also the time for people to pay respect to their ancestors. Many candle-lit marches around some major temples are made in this occasions.
BOUN SUANG HEUA – THE BOAT RACING FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER
Annually, the Boat racing festival (Boun Suang Heua or or Boun Xuang Heua) is held on Nam Khan river with teams of young people competing to be the fastest.
Before the festival, sometimes you can see them practicing. Boats are also taken care carefully by the teams. They clean and decorated their boats with beautiful offerings as the boats are considered holy objects.
On the main day of festival, almost people in the town come to the riverbank to enjoy the boat race. There are many beer stands, food stalls, and a real party spirit at the end of the race when people cheer on their teams.
BOUN OK PHANSA IN OCTOBER
The end of Buddhist Lent is celebrated in many Buddhist countries and so do the Laos. This is one of the most amazing festivals in Laos with processions to Vat Xieng Thong.
The whole town gather to witness the holy and gorgeous moments when everyone’s float is dropped on the river, bringing their wishes to the deities.