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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Laos Celebrates National Day Today (December 2nd)

Today, the 2nd of December, marks the establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975; the day Lao people announced the abolition of the monarchy (as of 29 November, the King and Queen Savang Vatthana Khamphoui are forced to abdicate), and proclaims the democratic Republic of Laos. Prince Souphanouvong Thao is then sworn in President.

National flags, parades, processions and dances will adorn the streets of Laos today. Speaking of flag, the new flag was introduced: blue, white and red ... the color red represents the blood shed for independence, and the blue represents the Mekong, or health of the country. The white disc symbolizes the moon over the Mekong, or the unity of the country under the Communist government.


Although most people celebrate the occasion with friends at home, some people gather on streets or in their own villages at the first light of day. Ethnic groups also join the fun; parading proudly whilst donning their costumes.


We wish our Lao friends a very happy National Day!

8 comments:

  1. Happy national holiday to the people of Laos!. For sure, their parade are full of colors, just like the image you posted above!

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  2. Happy National Day Laos. It's nice to see them parading on the street wearing their national costume, I am not really familiar with Laos' culture but I salute them for celebrating their national day.

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  3. Happy National Day Laos! Is that their National Costume?

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  4. Well, every country has its own National Day and today it's Laos...congratz!

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  5. Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama)December 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Happy National Day! I am a little late, but the sentiment is real. Congrats!

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  6. Happy National Day to Laos. They are still a young republic and it is nice to see them prosper.

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  7. Happy National Day to Laos! As a Pinoy, we know the importance of having a democratic country, so I'm very happy for Laos and its people:)

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  8. oohh! What other activities do they have on that day? I had no idea Laos came from a monarchial background.

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