Lao and Vietnamese students tied threads on each other, which are traditional rituals of Bunpimay to wish for peace and a happy New Year (Photo: VNA)

 

Dien Bien (VNA) – The teacher training college of the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien on April 16 hosted a celebration of the traditional New Year Festival of Laos – Bunpimay – for Lao students in the province.

Bunpimay festival is observed on April 14-16 annually to pray for good weather, health, abundant harvests and prosperity.

At the event, Lao and Vietnamese students splashed water and tied threads on each other, which are traditional rituals of Bunpimay to wish for peace and a happy New Year. Participants also joined a traditional dance of Laos.

Pham Hong Thai, a representative of the college, said the Bunpimay celebration is organised annually for Lao students. In addition, many sport events are frequently held to foster ties between Vietnam-Laos and the two nations’ students in particular.

In accordance with the cooperation agreement of the Dien Bien’s People Committee with three Lao northern provinces of Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Phongsaly in 2003, each year, Dien Bien welcomes 90 Lao students to study in the province. In 2017-2018, the province is hosting nearly 450 Lao students.-VNA