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  • Laos: Visakhaboucha (Rocket Festival)

    Laos: Visakhaboucha (Rocket Festival)

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    03/05/2019-07/05/2019
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    On the sixth full moon of the lunar year, Buddhists worldwide celebrate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing away. Celebrations are held in local temples – worshipers hold candlelight processions there, and the day is marked with much chanting and religious instruction.

    This noisy holiday of Bun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival) traces its roots to pre-Buddhist rain ceremonies, and occurs together with Visakha Puja. Anarchy reigns on this day – the humorous performance art known as mor lam is performed in many places, and in some places, men wear blackface and women carry wooden penises.

    The whole festival reaches a climax when townsfolk fire bamboo rockets skyward. The rockets are meant to bring rains from the heavens and irrigate the rice fields.

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