37 People Killed During 2014 Lao New Year
Road Accidents at Highs for the Annual Celebration
By Elizabeth Thao
The Lao New Year Celebration (also knows as Pii Mai Lao or Songkran Lao) is the country’s biggest traditional celebration. This year’s festivities began on April 11 and ran until April 16, 2014, the time of the calendar year that coincides with monsoon season. The celebration is a symbol of new beginnings and purification, a traditional way for Lao families to get a fresh start. It is also the time of year that many other Southeast Asian countries celebrate the new year, including Thailand and Cambodia.
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