The government of Laos has approved two additional off days as holiday substitutions following the Lao New Year festival or Pi Mai celebration in April which falls over the weekend this year.
The celebration will take place from 14 April to 16 April (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), while the new year replacement holidays will be April 17 and 18, i.e. Monday and Tuesday.
The notice issued by the Office of the Prime Minister has requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to support food production during this time and ensure enough food items are available in shops and markets. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has also been advised to regulate and control service prices during the celebration.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport will manage traffic on the roads and enforce traffic regulations for the general public to prevent accidents.
Throughout the Lao New Year celebration, local government and authorities will maintain peace and security at popular gathering locations.
Luang Prabang has also released its Lao New Year festival program featuring a variety of activities for both visitors and residents to enjoy from 11 to 20 April.
The Lao New Year is an annual public celebration in the summer season of Laos that includes water play, merit-making at several temples, and other activities based on the traditions and culture of the country.