Laos New Year Festival

  • Destinations: Luang Prabang
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Type: Culture & History, Minorities, Nature

Laos New Year Festival Laos New Year in 2019 is one of the unique festivals in Laos.  If you come to Laos or some countries in Asia, you will have chances to see the celebration of the New Year with water festival such as Myanmar, Thailand. But when you go deep into exploring Laos New Year, […]

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Laos New Year Festival

Laos New Year in 2019 is one of the unique festivals in Laos.  If you come to Laos or some countries in Asia, you will have chances to see the celebration of the New Year with water festival such as Myanmar, Thailand. But when you go deep into exploring Laos New Year, you definitely see the difference and realize that they are not the same. I bet you that. Let’s find out what is the point that makes it unique and why it is so attractive. Laos’ New Year takes place from 14th to 16th April of the year and Laotian considers 13th April is the last day of the old year. It’s based on Lao’s Calendar and Laotian Legend.
Water splash in New Year can be considered as the biggest water festival in Laos. The first day of Laos New Year is the last day of the old year. On this day, people will clean up everything in their house as a goodbye for old things in the last year and welcoming new-year which is really close. Laotian also prepares perfumed water and flowers.
In the afternoon, Laotian will gather in wat (temple) to listen to monks’ teaching and wash Buddha statue by prepared perfumed water. Pagoda will have a room for this Buddha washing for 3 days. Everyone can come and wash the Buddha statue for good luck in the new year. The water coming from Buddha washing is considered to be lucky and will be brought homes by locals and throw it to their family’s members. This custom comes from Laotian legend about Kabinlaphom God, who is later when he died; his daughters still visit his head and pray for good luck.
If you visit Laos on this occasion, you will be right at the burst of water. Water throwing is everywhere as Laotian custom. Student respectfully throws water to the elder in order to wish them a long life. And they throw water at each other, at the friend, at the stranger to sweep away the entire bad thing in the past. The wetter you are, the happier you will be.
Water-throwing custom is also related to reality. Laos is a country with no coastal line, which makes itself hotter than other its neighbor such as Vietnam, Cambodia or China. Moreover, in April, when the weather is extremely hot, they throw water at each other in order to cool down the heat, which makes everyone happy.