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Lao New Year 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

In many countries in South and Southeast Asia, the traditional New Year's festival is celebrated from April 13 to April 15.

Lao New Year is commonly referred to as Pii Mai or Songkran.

The name of the festival in Thailand and Laos.

The date typically begins on the 13th or 14th on April and lasts for three days.

For the standard three-day celebration, the first day of the festival is New Year’s Eve, and the last day marks the beginning of the new year.

During this period, New Year celebrations are held in Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Maldives.

In Laos, perfumed water is also used to soak people and passers-by.

Over the years, the tradition of throwing flour on each other has also developed.

Other holiday traditions include singing, dancing, decorating Buddha images with flowers, and setting animals free.

This major holiday is celebrated by nearly every Lao family.

In some areas of Laos, the festival can go on for an entire week.

According to Lao traditions, the second day of the festival is in between the new and old years.

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