Christmas in Laos

By Swathi Ramaswamy on Jan 08, 2019
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Laos is one of the Southeast Asian countries, a People’s Democratic Republic, known for its mountainous terrains, French colonial architecture, hill tribes, and Buddhist monasteries. Although, a celebration of Christmas in Laos, unlike in other countries, is not commercialized and it is still preserved and centered around the celebration of the essence of Christmas,i.e., the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Just like Christmas preparations and celebrations are organized with great enthusiasm in all major countries in the world, Laos also includes presentations and drama by church members, in the form of songs, dances and homilies telling the stories and justifying the celebration of Christmas, fellowship and sharing of food, and a little fun added with games and gift-giving. So, check this list of different Christmas events in Laos and make the best of the celebrations - 

Explore Vientiane

Vientiane is the capital of Laos is expected to celebrate Christmas with utmost enthusiasm. It gets filled with expats for celebration in pubs decorated with Christmas themes, marathon-movie nights with English movies, twinkling lights and trimmed trees, gifts exchanging and visits from Santa. Christmas Eve buffets and a plated lunch are organized are also organized at different places.

Enjoy Christmas In Vang Vieng

Listening to the mesmerizing music of carols coming from riverside bars in Vang Vieng could not get any peaceful and blissful. Vang Vieng is one of the popular tourist destinations like Si Phan Don Islands in Laos, which during Christmas is decorated with lights and trees all along the roadways and streets. It also has some of the most amazing outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, which includes no closure of bars, restaurants, and stores. The best way to explore Vang Vieng is by Kayak. A Christmas on a boat with dear ones, a little food, wine, and some presents if worth all the love.

Experience The Hill Tribe Homestay

Another way to celebrate Christmas apart from just drinking, exchanging gifts, singing and dancing, tourists get to stay and sleep at the residence of a local ethnic family, which offers the best chance for sharing ideas, beliefs, religions, and rituals with the host. Gifts like monetary donations, school supplies like books and writing material for the nearby educational institutes would give your Christmas all it’s worth the while.

Travel To Historic City Of Luang Prabang

Luan Prabang is the ancient capital of the Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos. It has the largest expat community with amazing decorations and lightings nearby the UNESCO recognized heritage portion of the town, and Christmas carolers are singing along the streets.

A prix fixe dinner at I’Elephant or a turkey bagel sandwich and Gingerbread latte at Joma Café are the best delicacies to savor this Christmas.

For the betterment of the relationship between the people and government, the officials are open to Christian Churches with their celebrations. The Christians and the non-Christians witness the presentations together with the hope that they would have a mutual and better understanding of the Christian faith, culture, and traditions.

The month of December is filled with happiness and joy for the people who are tired after a long hard-working season of farming during the rains as it marks the celebration of harvest season and Christmas festivities.

So, head of to Laos when you are looking for a unique place to celebrate your holidays! Christmas celebrations in Laos will surely be one of the memorable events. 

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