Laos Public Holidays 2013
Public Holidays Laos 2013
Official Laos Holidays for 2013:
January 1: International New Year’s Day.
This public holiday celebrates the first day of the new year, as marked on the International calendar and celebrated throughout the world.
March 8: International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is commemorated in many countries around the world. It is a day that recognizes, celebrates and honours the importance of women and their role and contributions in Laon society and the world. Celebrations are held at home and in offices.
April 13, 16, and 17: Laotian New Year, Pi Mai.
This official public holiday marks the first three days of the Lao New Year, and is the principal and most popular holiday celebrated in Laos. The whole country celebrates and worships over these three days. The day features images of the Buddha, temple offerings, votive sand stupas, and people throwing water on each other. The most major celebrations of Pi Mai in the country are held at Luang Prabang.
May 2: International Labour Day.
Usually referred to as May Day in the United States, this holiday in Laos is held to acknowledge labour around the world. Many countries celebrate labour day.
June 1: Children’s Day.
Children’s Day is a special holiday that honours children, and raises awareness for their rights and living conditions. While this day is held on different dates of the year, June 1st is the date that Children’s day is celebrated universally throughout most of the world, and in the country of Laos as well.
December 2: Lao National Day.
This public holiday commemorates the date of the establishment of the People’s Democratic of Laos in the year of 1975, following the overthrow of the monarchy by the working class. The government holds parades, speeches are made by Lao politicians and there are displays of the hammer and sickle, to celebrate and commemorate this momentous day in Lao history.