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Laos cerebrates many annual festivals called "Boun", which are particularly enjoyable and beautiful, signifying traditional aspects of Lao lifestyle. Most festivals are connected with religion and the yearly rice farming cycle. The timing of the festivals is calculates according to the Buddhist lunar calendar.

Laos festivals in February
Festivals in Laos Wat Phou Festival in Champasack Province
This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar on the grounds of the enchanting pre-Angkorian Wat Phou ruins in Champasack. Festivities include elephant races, buffalo fights, cock fighting, traditional Lao music and dance performances. To coincide with the festival, a trade fair is also held to showcase products originating from southern Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.
Festivals in Laos Sikhottabong Festival in Khammouane Province
This traditional religious festival is held at Sikhottabong Stupa, located about 8 kilometers to the South of Thakhek town. The stupa was built between the 9th and 10th Century by King Nantahsena and was restored to its original grandeur during the 1950's.
Festivals in Laos Boun Khao Chi (Makhaboucha)
A ceremony is held at the "Wat" (temple) in the morning, when a special "bread made of sticky rice" is offered. This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar.

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Laos festivals in March
Festivals in Laos Boun Khoun Khao or Khoun Lan (Rice Ceremony)
This is a harvest festival held at Songkhon District in Savannakhet Province. "Basi" ceremony is performed in order to give thanks to the land .
Festivals in Laos Boun Pha Vet
An offering ceremony where a donation is made and one's future is read during the three day-three night festivals.

Source: Lao National Tourism Administration

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