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Vat Phou Festival 2020 (6 Feb-8 February 2020)

The Vat Phou Festival takes place every year, on the 15th day of the increasing moon of the 3rd month (in January-February) and coincides with the Makha Bouxa, Buddhist Festival.

Ever since Buddhism recognized Vat Phou as a site of huge religious and cultural importance, local authorities, together with several other organisations and local people, have organized Boun Vat Phou (Vat Phou Festival) on 15th day of the 3rd month of Lao lunar calendarSound and light shows are provided on the site.

Designed to commemorate all those who have contributed to this wonder of ancient architecture. Based on traditional Buddhist practices, the festival is held for three days and three nights. It hosts displays of traditional music, dance, sports and a variety of local produce. Most importantly of all, on the final day, pilgrims such as; senior dignitaries and religious figures from across the country, come to take part in a traditional Tak Bat (alms ceremony), some of them even come from neighboring countries; it is also the opportunity for surrounding plain and mountain populations to meet each other, maintaining these relations since time put off.

The festival also includes a parade of elephant or horses, a crafts fair and demonstrations of ancient traditions Processions, recitals, and chants take place during the three days festival.

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