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Boun Xang (The Elephant Festival)
February 1, 2023
Kicked off in 2006, the Elephant Festival was organised to celebrate the Lao people’s cultural ties with the elephant. The mountainous province of Sayabouly hosts the festival every February. Throughout the three-day festival, you’ll see several dozen elephants from different towns in Laos parading in the streets, draped in colourful ethnic costumes; experience a traditional elephant Baci ceremony; and watch dance performances and outdoor film screenings, and a night market. Beyond just having fun, the festival aims to raise awareness of elephants’ welfare in Laos and call for their protection as an endangered species.