Laos Public Holidays

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.

List of 2015 Public Holidays in Laos

  • Internation New Year's Day

The first day of the year according to Western calendar

Thursday, 1 January 2015

  • National Millitary Day 

Celebrates the founding of the Lao People's Army in 1949.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

  • Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Celebrates Chinese/Vietnamese New Year

Thursday, 19 February 2015

  • International Women's Day

Honors women in Lao society

*Monday, 8 March 2015

(International Women's Day 2015 falls on Sunday, thus, the following Monday is considered as substitute holiday)

  •  Lao People's Revolutionary Party Day

Celebrates the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party and all its works

*Monnday, 22 March 2015

(Lao People's Revolutionary Party Day 2015 falls on Sunday, thus, the following Monday is considered as substitute holiday)

  •  Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao)

Celebrate Lao Lunar New Year

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 14,15 and 16 April 2015

  • International Labour Day 

Celebrates the international labour movement

Friday, 1 May 2015

  • International Children's Day and National Tree Planting Day

Monday, 1 June 2015

  • Boun Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent Festival)

Celebrates the begining of Buddhist Lent

Thursday, 30 July 2015

  • National Constitution Day

*Monday, 15 August 2015

(National Constitution Day 2015 falls on Saturday, thus, the following Monday is considered as substitute holiday)

  •  Boat Racing Festival in Luang Prabang

Saturday, 12 September 2015 (Same day as Boun Hor Khao Padubdin Festival

  • Boun Hor Khao Padubdin Festival - observed through out Laos (Buddhist Lent) 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

  • National Teacher's Day

Commemorates all teachers through out the country

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

  • Independence Day

Celebrates victory (end of war in 1975)

Monday, 12 October 2015

  • Independence Day

Celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent and the end of rainy season

Tuesday 27 October 2015

  • Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane

Celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent, the end of rainy season and to thank the mother of rivers for providing water for our lives.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

  • That Luang Festival

Pilgrimage to That Luang Stupa in Vientiane

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

  • Lao National Day

Celebrates the establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Note: Variation may occur because some holidays are based on Buddhist calendar.

Happy Lao Holidays!


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