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Events and Festivals

Almost every month of the year there is either a local festival or celebration in Laos. The word for festival in Lao is “boun”, which also means doing good things in order to gain merit for subsequent lives. If you are in Bolikhamxay while any of the festivals are taking place you will surely be welcomed and asked to join the fun. Please feel free to participate, however remember that most of the festivals are based on religious beliefs, so your hosts will appreciate it if you respect local codes of behavior.


January

Watermelon Festival

Thabor Village, Bolikhan District. This festival is held to support local farmers who bring their watermelons to the fair and sell directly to consumers.


Phabath Stupa Festival

Thaphabath District. This festival takes place around the week of full moon of 2nd Month of lunar calendar. It is one of the most significant events of Bolikhamxay to celebrate the old stupa and give respect to Buddha footprint. In the festival, there are Buddhist ceremony and fair.

 

February

Wat Dan Festival

The yearly Buddhist ceremony of Dan Soung Temple, simply called 'Wat Dan' the significant temple in Pakxan Town.

 

April

Pi Mai Lao (Lao's New Year)

During the week of 15th day of 5th Month of lunar calendar the whole country celebrates. Buddha images are cleansed with sacred water and in the vats offerings of fruit and flowers are made. People take to the streets splashing water on one another and having parties everywhere. Be advised that during Pi Mai Lao most businesses and government offices are closed.

 

May

Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)

Boun Bang Fai is a rainmaking and fertility festival that takes place just before the rainy season. Villagers make rockets from bamboo and homemade gunpowder and parade their colorful rockets noisily around the village before they are shot into the sky to ‘fertilize’ the clouds and bring rain which in turn feeds the rivers and fields. There are many 'Boun Bang Fai' events in many part of Bolikhamxay, but the biggest one is in ‘Ban Kuai’ Village approximately 6 km north of Pakxan Town.

 

July

Boun Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent)

This festival, held on the full moon of 8th Month of lunar calendar, marks the beginning of Buddhist lent, a three month period where monks are required to stay within their temple to pray and meditate. Lao men are traditionally ordained as monks during this time.

 

August

Boun Khao Padabdin

Special offerings are made to the deceased on the new moon of the 9th lunar month.

 

October

Boun Ok Phansa (End of Buddhist Lent)

Held on the full moon of 11th Month of lunar calendar this festival celebrates the end of Buddhist lent. In the evening “heua fai” (fire boat) and small banana-leaf floats called “ka thong” are launched at Mekong River filled with colorful incense, flowers, candles and a small amount of money to bring luck and prosperity.


Boun Suang Heua (Boat Racing Festival)

The tournaments are held to give the respect to the God of River and celebrate the Harvest; the biggest 'Boun Suang Heua' of Bolikhamxay is in Pakxan District, where ‘Nam Xan’ River meets Mekong River.

 

December

Hmong New Year

The festival is celebrated either in December, starting from the 15th day of the ascending moon to give thanks to ancestors and spirits at the end of the annual agricultural cycle. Traditionally it lasts ten days bringing people together from many villages, and it is here that young people typically find a husband or a wife. The special celebrations involve colorful displays of traditional costumes made from green, red and white silk and ornate silver jewelry. People enjoy the music of traditional Hmong instruments such as the teun-flute, Hmong khaen and leaf blowing.

 

Pha Muang Village, Bolikhan District;
Nong Or-Na Pae Village, Khamkeuth District;
Thongnami Village, Pakkading District.

 

Ongoing

The Baci Ceremony

Spiritual and ritualistic practices are important to most Lao people. The Baci is an ancient pre-Buddhist ritual traditionally conducted by Tai speakers. The Baci is the most popular Lao traditional ceremony celebrated at special events, whether a marriage, a homecoming, a welcome, a birth, or even to help cure sickness. It involves the ritualistic tying of cotton threads to ensure blessings of the spirits on specific persons, activities, or places. It is an important gesture of reconciliation and is believed to restore the natural order of things.

Hotels & restaurants



Xokbounma Hotel, Tel: +856-54-790995.
Many Xokxay Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55552333.
Paksane Hotel, Tel: +856-20-91333444.
Vilaisack Hotel, Tel: +856-54-212215.
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Seng Houng Heung Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22803399.
Phonethip Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22338973.
Phouthavong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341186.
Souliya Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55203237.
Viengthong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341111.
Xaithong Hotel, Tel: +856-20-77790733.
Xaiyo Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341074.

Bounxou Restaurant, Tel: +856-54-680046.
Onlyone Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22335246.
Saikhong Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22102555.
Thongsalom Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55953063.
Khoukhanna Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55853952.
Pa phai Entertainment, Tel: +856-20-55753000.
Thepphachan Entertainment, Tel: +856-54-212303.
Xaep E Lee Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55652213.