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A preview of the Laos bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2019, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Laos Public Holidays in 2019 Observance*
Jan.    Tue International New Year's Day
Mar.    Fri International Women's Day
Apr.    Sun Lao New Year (Pi Mai)
        Mon Lao New Year Holiday
        Tue Lao New Year Holiday
May     Wed International Labour Day
        Fri Children's Day Holiday
June    Sat Children's Day
July    Tue Boun Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent Begins) Buddhist
Oct.    Mon BOL Foundation Day Banks
        Sun Boun Ok Phansa (Buddhist Lent Ends) Buddhist
        Mon Boat Racing Festival (Ventiane) Municipal
Nov.    Mon That Luang Festival (Ventiane) Municipal
Dec.    Mon National Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

22 Mar 2017 Laos 2017 Public Holidays Extended (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The Prime Minister’s Office of the government of Laos has released an amended and extended version of its previously-announced annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the calendar year 2017.  19 Dec 2016 Laos 2017 Public Holidays Announced (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  31 Mar 2016 Laos 2016 Public Holidays Extended (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has released an amended and extended version of its previously-announced annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the calendar year 2016.  18 Dec 2015 Laos 2016 Public Holidays Announced (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the upcoming calendar year 2016.  06 Apr 2015 Laos 2015 Public Holidays Extended (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has released an amended and extended version of its previously-announced annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the calendar year 2015.  10 Dec 2014 Laos 2015 Public Holidays Announced (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the upcoming calendar year 2015.  27 Dec 2013 Laos 2014 Public Holidays Announced (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has released its official list of 2014 annual non-working public holidays in Laos.  08 Apr 2013 Laos Public Holidays April 14-17 (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has declared Wednesday, April 17, 2013, as an additional non-working public holiday in Laos to once again compensate the fact that one of the 2013 dates of the Pi Mai public holidays falls on a weekend.  28 Jan 2013 Laos 2013 Public Holidays Announced (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has released the official list of 2013 non-working public holidays in Laos.  05 Apr 2012 Laos Public Holidays April 16-17 (The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) The government of Laos has declared Monday and Tuesday, April 16 and 17, 2012, as additional non-working public holidays in Laos.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Laos public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Laos are regulated by the 1994 Labour Code (Decree No. 24/PR of the President of the Republic, dated 21 April 1994 promulgating Act No. 002/NA of 14 March 1994 concerning labour), which stipulates, in section 28, that the actual list of public holidays is given annually by the government.  Festivals: Although many online sources list 15 or more public holidays for Laos (including The Day of Europe on some websites), there are actually very few official public holidays. Some non-official, but widely observed, holidays are listed here with observance restrictions, as some businesses might be closed on these days.  Lao Issara (Day of Free Laos) on August 13 seems to have been replaced by Constitution Day (August 15) sometime in 2004-2005, but neither of these dates is an official public holiday in Laos nowadays.  Liberation Day (from French) also seems to have been removed from the official list of Laos public holidays around that time.  Laos International Codes LA and LAO (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .la (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Laos information and news: UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Laos maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Laos), and Wikipedia (includes Laos commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Laos, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Laos that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Solar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, equinoxes, solstices, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict solar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Laos are based on the geographical location of Vientiane (latitude 18,0°N, longitude 102,6°E, GMT+7,0 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2018 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.

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South-East Asian Calendar Public Holidays : The rules used to predict South-East Asian lunar public holidays in Laos are based on the models described in the book "The Calendrical Systems of Mainland South-East Asia", by J.C. Eade, published as part of the "Handbuch der Orientalistik" series (with help by Pr. J.C. Eade and Dr. Burghart Hoffrichter), and on the classical 1909 book "The Burmese and Arakanese Calendars" by A.M.B. Irwin, as well as the 1997 articles in the Indian Journal of History of Science by G.K. Chatterjee.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2019 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Laos, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Laos, before planning any trip to Laos. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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