Lao Festivals in January

Bun Pha Vet Festival

In addition to some holidays such as Lao National Military’s Day and International New Year’s Day, Bun Pha Vet Festival is the only festival to fall in January. However, the significance of Bun Pha Vet to the Laos is not debatable compared to many other festivals throughout the rest of the months.

Bun Pha Vet Festival

  • Time: Different dates in the first month of the year (January).
  • Location: All the temples throughout Laos.
  • Meaning: The festival is held to celebrate Jataka or birth-tale of Prince Vessanthara, the Buddha’s penultimate existance.
Bun Pha Vet Festival
Cultural activities during Bun Pha Vet Festival

It is worth noting that during the festival is that the Prince Vessantara is a common tale and is recited all over the country. As a traveller, you should not only be familiar with the tale but also be able to recite it comfortably to blend in well with the locals. The historical aspect of the festival seeks to address the Buddha’s penultimate life and seek to remind people of the same during its celebration.

Bun Pha Vet Festival
The Laos Monks in the Ordination Ceremony during Bun Pha Vet Festival

Bun Pha Vet is also considered particularly auspicious time for the ordination of the men into monkhood. Festivities are staggered between villages so that different villages can visit one another to their celebrations. Moreover, as the festival has no definite date like other festivals, it gives room for dishing out invitations to family and friends to gather in different villages in a bid to join in the celebrations. During the festival, they will celebrate sacred ceremonies, prepare traditional food and enjoy great time together.

January in Laos is a vibrant and exciting time filled with captivating festivals that are sure to delight and inspire tourists. By joining a Laos tour in January, you can witness the lively water fights, partake in traditional rituals, and experience the true spirit of Lao culture. These festivals offer a unique opportunity to engage with locals, learn about ancient traditions, and create unforgettable memories. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the festive atmosphere that fills Laos in January and make your journey a truly immersive and enriching experience.