"Boun Pi Mai" Lao New Year

14, 15, 16 April--nn--he Lao New Year is celebrated at the same time each year (April 14-16). This year, the 14th is the first day of the New Year. On the 14th, Buddha images are taken out of the temples to be cleansed with scented water by devotees, and placed on special temporary altars within the compounds of "wats" (temples). Devotees gather the scented water falling off the images to take home and use it to pour on friends and relatives, as an act of cleansing and purification before entering the New Year. On the evening of the 16th, the images are returned to their proper shriners within the temples.

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