This religious festival is held in and around That Luang Stupa, the National Symbol of Laos, where hundreds of monks gather to accept alms and floral votives from the people. The festival includes a grand fireworks display at night. During the day, an international trade fair exhibits tourism both in Laos and other countries in ASEAN, as well as the Greater Mekong Sub-region. During the same period a similar festival is also celebrated at Ching Tim Stupa in Luang Namtha Province.
The festival of Pha That Luang is the most famous cultural event on the annual calendar in Laos. It is sometimes referred to as “Bun That Luang” or the “Wax Castle Parade.”
This major Buddhist holiday draws devotees from all over the region, including Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, among others to the sacred That Luang Stupa in Vientiane, Laos. Starting early in the morning, countless individuals participate in a ceremonial offering and group prayer, followed by a procession. The festival lasts for days, and includes a carnival fair where vendors sell handicrafts, flowers, and other trinkets. There are also many entertainment venues with games, concerts, and dance shows.
The festival is held on Full moon in early November or late October. In 2012, the dates are set for November 10. In 2013, the full moon will fall on Sunday, November 17.