The list of Lao public holidays below shows both official and non-official, but widely observed, Lao public holidays which are considered significant as some businesses, embassies in Laos and Lao government offices might be closed on these days.
Government offices, banks, international organizations, embassies, NGOs and private companies have different lists of holidays. The official Laos public holidays commonly observed by most (if not all) entities are underlined.
On these public holidays government offices are shut as are businesses and banks, so make sure all your visa needs or travel arrangements are not urgent, particularly over the Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) holiday in April. If the holidays fall on a weekend day, often the Monday following will be the designated holiday.
Internation New Year's Day
The first day of the year according to Western calendar
Sunday, 1 January 2017 (Monday, 2 January Sub. holiday)
National Millitary Day
Celebrates the founding of the Lao People's Army in 1949.
Friday, 20 January 2017
Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Celebrates Chinese/Vietnamese New Year
Friday, 27 January 2017
International Women's Day
Honors women in Lao society
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Lao People's Revolutionary Party Day
Celebrates the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party and all its works
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao)
Celebrate Lao Lunar New Year
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 14,15 and 16 April 2017 (Monday, 17 Sub. Holiday)
International Labour Day
Celebrates the international labour movement
Monday, 1 May 2017
International Children's Day and National Tree Planting Day
Thursday, 1 June 2017
Boun Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent Festival)
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Celebrates the begining of Buddhist Lent
Saturday, 9 July 2017
Lao National Women's day
Thursday, 20 July 2017
National Constitution Day
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Boat Racing Festival in Luang Prabang
Monday, 21 August 2017 (Same day as Boun Hor Khao Padubdin Festival (Buddhist Lent) that is observed through out Laos)
Boun Hor Khao Salak Festival - observed through out Laos (Buddhist Lent)
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
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Celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent and the end of rainy season
Thursday 5 October 2017
Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane » Read more
Celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent, the end of rainy season and to thank the mother of rivers for providing water for our lives.
Saturday, 6 October 2017
National Teacher's Day
Commemorates all teachers through out the country
Sunday, 7 October 2017 (Monday, 8 October Sub. holiday)
Celebrates victory (end of war in 1975)
Thursay, 12 October 2017
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Pilgrimage to That Luang Stupa in Vientiane
Friday, 3 November 2017
Lao National Day
Celebrates the establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975
Saturday, 2 December 2017 (Monday, 6 December Sub. holiday)
Note: Variation may occur because some holidays are based on Buddhist calendar.
Happy Lao Holidays!