Customs and traditions
Laos residents had long had contacts with the
outside world. This, as well as the fact that a large
majority of Laotians are Buddhists, sets their mark on
everyday life and weekend for the Laotians. Although the
impact from now on is considerably greater than before,
many old customs are still alive. However, the
differences can be large between city and countryside.
The Buddhist monks in their red and yellow costumes
and with shaved heads are a well-respected group in
society. It is common for young boys to spend at least a
month in a convent. This usually happens before a major
change in life, for example before they get married.
Overview of the capital city of Laos, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
Kindness and humanity are important ideals in
Buddhist culture. This means, for example, showing
respect, not least towards the elderly. You do not like
to raise your voice towards others. In general, few
Laotians show strong feelings in public. You do not hug
or kiss anyone when you meet. Instead, the most common
way of health is to bring their palms together. You
never touch someone's head, because the head is
considered important to the soul. Pointing one's feet at
someone or something is seen as a stink.
In Buddhism, it is desirable to try not to stress or
agitate unnecessarily over, for example, problems.
According to Buddhism, however, the destiny of every
human being is predetermined.
In Laos, several generations of housing often share.
When a girl marries, she usually moves in with the man's
Especially along the rivers, the houses are built on
piles, should the water rise. When you walk into
someone's home, or in a temple, you take off your shoes.
The men usually dress in a simple shirt and trousers,
while many women wear sarong (a kind of hip).
For a Laotian it is often not so important to dress up
but to be clean and clean. Common pleasures are to visit
a temple festival or organize a picnic - often the whole
family is together.
Everyone usually eats together - you sit on small
carpets on the floor with the common food on a low table
in the middle. In some places you eat with your hands,
otherwise chopsticks or cutlery are used.
The most important basic food is rice ("sticky
rice"). It is usually supplemented with sauce, chicken (ping
kai), papaya salad (maak houng) or meat
salad (laap). Vegetables, fish and pork are
also common. You use a lot of spices, like chili,
garlic, coriander and lemongrass. Foods include drinks
including Laotian beer (beerlao) or green tea.
Laos also produces a low-low rice whiskey. In
larger towns, the influence of the French colonial era
still prevails in the form of cafes and bakeries where
you can buy baguettes or croissants.
Holidays and Holidays
There are a number of different holidays, including
three different New Year celebrations: the "regular" New
Year, January 1, the Chinese New Year in February, and
the Laotian New Year in April; the latter actually falls
in December but you move it to spring, when the weather
is better, and you celebrate in days three.
Other holidays include Pathet Lao Day
(guerrilla Day) and Army Day in January, International
Women's Day March 8, May 1, Children's Day June 1, two
different liberation days in August, and National Day
(Independence Day) December 2.
In addition, a number of festivals and festivals are
related to agriculture (thank you for good harvest or
ask for rain) and are often celebrated with music, dance
and fireworks. They also celebrate various traditional
Buddhist weekends with, among other things, sacrificial
gifts and candle processions.
The Prime Minister resigns "for family reasons"
Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh resigns and is succeeded by the Chairman
of the National Assembly (President) Thongsing Thammavong. Bouphavanh refers to
"problems within the family" but many observers believe that factional struggles
within the Communist Party are behind the departure. Pany Yathotu, a woman and
member of the hmong people, becomes the new president.