Bun Pha That Luang

Cultural in Vientiane

Bun Pha That Luang, usually held in early November, is the largest temple fair in Laos. Festivities begin with a wéean téean (circumambulation) around Wat Si Muang, followed by a procession to Pha That Luang, which is illuminated all night for a week.

The festival climaxes on the morning of the full moon with the đák bàht ceremony, in which thousands of monks from across Laos receive alms. Fireworks cap off the evening and everyone makes merit or merry until dawn. Look out for devotees carrying Ъąhsàht (miniature temples made from banana stems and decorated with flowers and other offerings).