Events and Festivals in Vientiane

Laos follows a lunar calendar so the dates of festivals often change every year.

  • New Year: The country celebrates New Year four times in a year; international New Year on January 1, Chinese New Year around January-end, Lao New Year in April, and Hmong New Year in December.
  • Pathet Lao Day: There are parades around town on January 6 or the Pathet Lao Day.
  • Visakha Puja: Two-day festival held in May to celebrate the birth anniversary of Buddha.
  • Liberation Day: Public holiday on 23rd August.
  • Boun Ok Phansa: End of the Buddhist Lent in September. Boat races take place on the Mekong River.
  • Boun That Luang: Local fairs, procession, festivities and beauty pageants in November. 

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