Boun Phan Vet

Boun Phan Vet

October-November; 12th lunar month
In the Laotian capital of Vientiane, rituals honoring events in the country's history as well as the origins of the Laotian people are held on this day in That Luang, the temple where the Buddha's relics have been traditionally housed. Outside the capital Laotians from various communities observe Boun Phan Vet at different times of the year, using the occasion to pay homage to Prince Vessantara, who is believed to be an incarnation of the Buddha. These observances include feasts, dramatic performances, love song contests, rooster fights, and parties at which the villagers entertain neighbors from other villages. This is also a time for young men to be ordained into the sangha, or community of Buddhist monks.
CONTACTS:
Lao Embassy
2222 S St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-332-6416; fax: 202-332-4923
www.laoembassy.com
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 665