New Year’s Day is a holiday in Laos as part of celebrations that start on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.
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New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.
In Laos, the Gregorian Calendar New Year and the Lao New Year are both celebrated. The latter takes places across three days in mid-April, while the former, of course, is on 1 January.
While Lao New Year has been celebrated for thousands of years, the people of Laos now also celebrate Gregorian New Year with fireworks, New Year resolutions, shopping sprees, and the whole package of traditions imported from the West.