2012 Laos Public Holidays
2012 Laos Public Holidays.
Laos Public Holidays 2012 include all of the holidays that are recognised by the national government and are days that most workers have off. There are however, additional days that are recognised by regional and municipal governments. There are also religious holidays that certain people will observe, but are not recognised as national holidays. Certain banks and private institutions may also observe selective holidays not recognised by the Laos national Government.
Official Laos Holidays for 2012 are as follows:
Jan. 2: International New Year’s Day.
This is the first day of the new year on the International calendar. Normally observed on January 1, the second day of the year is substituted as the holiday as January 1st falls on a Sunday.
Mar. 8: International Women’s Day.
This day is recognized by most nations of the world and is set aside to honour the contributions and importance of women in society and the world.
Apr. 13, 16,17: Pi Mai.
This is the Lao New Year and is the most important and popular holiday in the country. It lasts for three days. Because the second and third day falls on the weekend, Pi Mai will be observed on Friday and then Monday and Tuesday.
May 2: International Labour Day.
Often called May Day in the United States, this is simply to honour labour throughout the world. Most nations celebrate this day. Normally observed on May 1st, in 2012 it falls on a Sunday, so it will be Monday the second that the holiday is observed.
Jun. 1: Children’s Day.
This day is set aside to honour children and speak up for their rights and living conditions. This day is celebrated at various times of the year, but it is June 1st that is the universal date of observance as well as the date for the nation of Laos.
Dec. 3: Lao National Day.
Normally celebrated on December 2nd, this year it falls on a Sunday, so Monday the 3rd is substituted. This is the day the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos was established in 1975.