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Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone sprinkles water over a statue of Buddha at Ong Teu temple in Vientiane on the first day of the Lao New Year festivities, when many colourful rituals take place, bringing joy and hope to all Lao citizens. This year the festival is taking place from April 13-16 and is being celebrated across the country. --Photo Pasaxon


Government officials and local residents on Saturday flock to That Luang temple to respectfully pour water over Buddha images and nagas, as part of a centuries-old tradition. --Photo Pui Phetsamone

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mrs Suanesavanh Vignaket (back, second from right) on Saturday gathers with ministry officials and Luang Prabang provincial authorities to build a good luck sand stupa by the Mekong River in Chomphet district, where the traditional Lao New Year festivities are in full swing.

Local residents build sand replicas of stupas by the Mekong River in Chomphet district, Luang Prabang city, where Pi Mai Lao customs are enacted the most vibrantly through the Lao New Year holiday, lasting for at least a week.


At the same location, Minister Suanesavanh (centre left) shares in the joy of colourful Pi Mai Lao rituals with local authorities.


The Mayor of Vientiane Dr Athsphangthong Siphandone and senior officials from various government bodies on Saturday attend the opening ceremony of Lao New Year festivities at Vat Chan temple in Vientiane and at the same time launch the city’s Visit Laos Year programme of events. --Photo Pathetlao


On the first day of the Lao New Year celebrations on Saturday, families gather to pay respects to older relatives, who in turn offer best wishes and blessings, and forgiveness for any misdeeds. --Photo Khaiwann


Elephants parade through Luang Prabang city on Friday, a traditional Lao New Year ritual known as Xang Hieng Koei that is very popular with both local residents and visitors.​ -​-Photo​ Luang​ Prabang​ provincial​ official​.


A Lo Lad (street market)​ is set up in Luang Prabang​ city on Saturday, another of the colourful events marking the town’s week-long Lao New Year celebrations.​ -​-Photo​ Luang​ Prabang​ provincial​ official​.​






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