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Wat Phou Festival

Wat Phou Festival

The Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou in southern Laos host a fantastic celebration every February.

Ever since Buddhism recognized Wat Phou as a site of religious and cultural importance, local authorities, together with several other organisations and local people, have organised Boun Wat Phou (Wat Phou Festival).

The festival falls on the 15th day of the 3rd month of the Laos lunar calendar (falling on 3rd February 2015). Based on traditional Buddhist practices, the festival is held for either three days and three nights or seven days and seven nights. It hosts displays of traditional music, dance, sports and a variety of local produce. Most importantly of all, on the final day, senior dignitaries and religious figures from around the country come to take part in a traditional Tak Bat (alms ceremony). The festival also includes a parade of elephant or horses, a crafts fair and demonstrations of ancient traditions passed down by generations of people living off the surrounding land.

Wat Phou Festival

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