Buddhism in Laos

Public Holidays

2007 Holiday Name
Mon, Jan 1 New Year's Day
Sat, Jan 6 Pathet Lao Day
Sat, Jan 20 Army Day
Sun, Feb 18 Chinese New Year
Thu, Mar 8 Women's Day
Thu, Mar 22 People's Party Day
Apr 13-15 Pi Mai (Laotian New Year)
Tue, May 1 Labour Day
Wed, May 2 Buddha Day (Vesak)
Fri, Jun 1 Children's Day
Mon, Jul 30 Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent begins)
Mon, Aug 13 Lao Issara (Free Laos Day)
Fri, Oct 12 Liberation Day
Sun Oct 21 Bouk Khao Pansa (Buddhist Lent ends)
Sun, Dec 2 National Day


Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Laos, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. 

Public holidays in Laos that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck).


While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2007 bank holidays, legal 
holidays and public holidays for Laos, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. Some of the bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Laos are based on calendars whose determination is inherently approximate, as described in the footnotes below, which we strongly urge you to read. In addition, in many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by the local authorities and you are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Laos, before planning any trip to Laos.