Unique Pha That Luang Festival in Laos

Laos is famous for the land of festivals throughout a year. If you are planning to travel to Laos , it is worth trying to take part in some...

Laos is famous for the land of festivals throughout a year. If you are planning to travel to Laos, it is worth trying to take part in some festive events. The That Luang Festival (or Boun That Luang) is held at the golden That Luang Stupa or Pha That Luang in Vientiane over three-seven days during the full moon of the 12 lunar month.

People lighting candlelight for thier wish of lucky

Start with a candlelight wax castle procession (phasat) in the evening and continue the next afternoon at Wat Simeuang. Groups of people in their best clothes gather and walk three times around the main hall of temple. The “wax castles” are not actually castles. They are the creations of yellow trees with gold paper and kip notes.

People with wax castle around the Wat Simeuang

Hundreds of monks from all over the country receive alms on the first day of the festival at the taak baat at dawn. All people try to go inside the stupa to give alms to the monks, light candles and pray for luck and fortune. 

Giving alms ritual in Pha That Luang Festival

Every one also gather on the esplanade for Tikhy,  Laos traditional sport which is played with a ball and long sticks, similar to a game of hockey. The festival also includes trade fairs, funfairs, concerts and other event. It ends with a display of fireworks and music and a candlelit procession of That Luang Festival in Luang Prabang.

Tikhy - the Lao traditional sport
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