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Festivals in Phongsaly Province, Laos
Because of its ethnic diversity, Phongsaly has a lot of festivals, most ethnic group celebrating their New Year, for example, at a different time. But most celebrations don’t have fixed schedules and depend on the moon, the harvest time, etc. The date can also be chosen by the spirits themselves!

Here are the most popular festivals:
The LAO NEW YEAR (PI MAI LAO) is celebrated by Lao and Phunoy people mid-April (during the full moon). It is also known as the “water festival”… so be prepared to get wet! It actually allows you to let all the bad things from last year behind you and give you good luck to enter the new year. Apart from going to the temples and making offerings to their ancestors, people gather for the rocket festival, where different villages compete for the highest (often self-made) rocket. And many go up the hill for the PhuFa Stupa Ceremony to make offerings to the Buddha and the spirits of the forest.

The Khmu people celebrate their NEW YEAR (BOUN GREU) in January, each village at a different date. In Phongsaly town, festivities are organized every three years only (next time in 2012).

For the HOR NEW YEAR (KIN JIENG), Phongsaly town resonates with the sound of firecrackers. In the villages, Tai Yang and Tai Deng people celebrate their own New Year simultaneously (February, same date as the Chinese New Year).

A BOAT RACING FESTIVAL (BOUN SOUANG HEUA) is organized every year in Muang Khua for the end of Buddhist lent (full moon day in October).



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