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Lao New Year Festival (April 13 th – April 16th 2020)

If you are planning to travel Laos in April, surely you cannot miss this event. The annual important water festival is taken place in every Provinces of Laos especially in Luang Prabang (many activities and many days).

Lao New Year is usually three days or four days public holiday in Laos is called ‘Songkran’ or ‘Pii Mai’, which means ‘New Year’. This year the celebration start at April 13th -April16th though the traditions and customs are similar to Songkran, Thai New Year and Cambodia New Year. This is the most important festival in Laos. Tourists in any part of Laos can take part in the annual celebrations. Visitors can enjoy traditional and international music with dances and playing water.
First day celebration is the last day of the old year. Statues of Buddha images are cleaned with water and people throw water at each other, to ‘wash away’ any bad that related to the past year.
The second day is known as the ‘day of no day”, a day that falls in neither the old year nor the New Year. People parade to the local monasteries to hear services from the monks. A popular highlight of the day is the parade featuring the winner of the Miss New Year beauty pageant.
Day three is the first day of the New Year. Begins with an early morning procession of monks and alms giving or tak bat” and have basi ceremony on that day to bring good luck for the year ahead.
Day four: The most sacred Buddha images are put on temporary display and people will dress in their finest traditional clothes and make offerings to ask for good luck in the coming. 

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