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Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year)

Wyong, Australia
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This has been taken from the Bangkok Post.

bangkokpost.com/news/local/344851/foreigners…

....."In Laos, people will push back the start of their own three-day pee mai Lao (Lao New Year) celebrations by one day, from the traditional April 13 to Sunday April 14.

Viroth Sundara, Minister Counsellor of the Lao embassy to Thailand, said the water festival in Laos, will be celebrated one day after Thailand's Songkran Day, which falls on Saturday.

The official public holiday in Laos, when all offices are closed, will be from Sunday to Wednesday, he added. Laos has never before changed the date of the traditional New Year holiday.

Champassak, opposite Thailand's Ubon Ratchathani province, expects Thai visitors to join the celebration and the province will invite tourism officials from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for the holiday festival, Mala Chanthalam, an official of the provincial Department of Information, Culture and Tourism, told the Vientiane Times.

"I believe a lot of Thai people will come here for the traditional water festival, as we've been announcing it on the radio since the start of the month," she said.

The Laos Meteorology and Hydrology Department forecast temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius during the holiday".......

We'll be there next year I hope.

Have fun

Vientiane
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Well it is not really a "water festival". It is Lao NY. The water is a symbolic way of cleansing for the start of the NY.

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well I must be extremely cleansed as we were in Luang Prabang for a week last year and every day I expected to get wet. My teenage son had a ball and stocked up on huge water pistols and got into the spirit. The last day was a bit draining as not only did they use food dye but a black grease as well. If you just politely put your hand up and say no you can stay relatively dry (in a fashion)

Kurashiki, Japan
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"Black grease"? Gee, I think I'll stay at home in Japan and enjoy the cherry blossoms instead. See you in Laos in December, sans heat, water and grease! :-)

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Black grease only happens I think around the end of phi mi in april. Should be ok in december

Vientiane
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Never seen black grease either here or in LP. You must have run foul of some wide boys.

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no last year it was everywhere. I have photos to prove it!!!

Vientiane, Laos
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In celebration of Pi Mai Lao (preferably without the black grease and tar), here's a brand new video to promote Laos as an attractive destination:

http://youtu.be/6JaIdRBHDDs

Edited: 10:48 am, April 14, 2013
Wyong, Australia
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My conundrum was where to spend the new year, next year.

Now I think I know.

Laos simply beautiful.

Vientiane, Laos
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Well, you missed Pi Mai- was any black grease thrown this year? I heard it's far worse during Thailand's Songkran with the throwing of things along with the water, and that the trend was picked up in Laos.

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"Well, you missed Pi Mai- was any black grease thrown this year? " I saw none. There also appeared to be less water throwing than in previous years, though it is a bit silly in town today.