Laos celebrates traditional New Year festival hinh anh 1During Nang Sangkhane procession (Source: VNA)
Vientiane (VNA) – Lao people nationwide joined celebrations of the traditional New Year festival - Bunpimay on April 14 with a number of activities.

During the three-day festival, they will perform rituals such as bathing Buddha statues, going to pagodas to pray for blessings, splashing water on others, and joining Nang Sangkhane (Miss New Year) procession.

The festival takes place at a time when the government has designed 2018 as Lao Tourism Year.

Laos targets welcoming 5 million foreign visitors this year, a huge figure compared to its 6.5 million population.

In addition to Laos, the New Year festival is also organised in Cambodia (called Chol Chnam Thmay), Myanmar (Thingyan) and Thailand (Songkran).-VNA