Laos Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Laos Government officially recognized 11 public holidays, but employees are only entitled to 6 paid holidays per year.
  • Holidays entitlement is generally regulated by employment contracts or trade union agreements
  • Laos employees are required to sign employment contract or union agreement which will stated terms of employment, wages, benefits and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave.
  • Overtime compensation is a must if request employee to work more than 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week.
  • Employer required to have approval from Labour Administration or trade union if wish to request employee to work more than 3 hours per day or 45 hours per month.
  • Overtime charges for employee to work on Public Holidays is 2.5 times of is regular wages.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day (ວັນປີໃໝ່ສາກົນ) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday - Public Holiday as 1 Jan falls a on Sunday
20 JanFriArmed Forces Day - Celebrate the creation of the independent Lao army on January 20, 1949. Marks the first step towards full independence and domination of the Lao Communist Party
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day ວັນແມ່ຍິງສາກົນ - Honoring all women, who are already or will be mothers some day. Laos supported the Communist regime of the Soviet Union and celebrated International Women's Day on March 8
14 AprFriLao New Year (ບຸນປີໃໝ່ລາວ) - Also call Songkran or Pii Mai. Celebrated from April 14 to April 16. Festival can go on for an entire week in some areas of Laos. First day of is New Year’s Eve, and the last day marks the beginning of the new year. According to Lao traditions, the second day of the festival is in between the new and old years.
15 AprSatLao New Year Holiday (ບຸນປີໃໝ່ລາວ) - Pi Mai
16 AprSunLao New Year Holiday (ບຸນປີໃໝ່ລາວ) - Pi Mai
1 MayMonInternational Labor Day (ວັນກຳມະກອນສາກົນ) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. 1 May or following Monday if Labor Day falls on a weekend
1 JunThursChildren's Day - To honor the children and the minors, children of today are the future of tomorrow
20 JulThursLao Women Union (LWU) Establishment Day - Established in 1955, LWU promotes development needs, the status and role of women and unity amongst women of different ethnic groups and social strata throughout the country
7 OctSatBank of the Lao (BOL) Establishment Day - Is the central bank of Laos. Controlling the money supply, managing the country's reserves, and supervising the commercial banks operating in Laos. Banks only
17 OctTueBoat Racing Festival (Boun Ork Phansa) - Celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent. Celebrated with boat races and carnivals. In the evening of Van Ork Phansa, a ceremony is held throughout Laos in which people launch small, candlelit banana-leaf (heua fai) floats on the rivers
14 NovTueThat Luang Festival (Full moon in early November. Thousands join in a ceremonial offering and group prayer, followed by a procession. For days afterward, a combined trade fair and carnival offers handicrafts, flowers, games, concerts, and dance shows)
2 DecSatLao National Day (ວັນຊາດ) - The establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
8 MarTueInternational Women's Day
13 AprWedLao New Year (Pi Mai)
14 AprThursLao New Year Holiday (Pi Mai)
15 AprFriLao New Year Holiday (Pi Mai)
2 MayMonInternational Labor Day Holiday (1 May or following Monday if Labor Day falls on a weekend)
20 JulWedLao Women Union Establishment Day
7 OctFriBOL Establishment Day (Banks only)
17 OctMonBoat Racing Festival (Celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent)
14 NovMonThat Luang Festival (Full moon in early November)
2 DecFriLao National Day

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
8 MarThursInternational Women's Day
13 AprFriLao New Year (Pi Mai)
16 AprMonLao New Year Holiday (Pi Mai)
17 AprTueLao New Year Holiday (Pi Mai)
1 MayTueInternational Labor Day Holiday (1 May or following Monday if Labor Day falls on a weekend)
20 JulFriLao Women Union Establishment Day
7 OctSunBOL Establishment Day (Banks only)
24 OctWedBoat Racing Festival (Celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent)
23 NovFriThat Luang Festival (Full moon in early November)
2 DecSunLao National Day

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