Warm Lao New Year Bunpimay festival

Lao overseas students in traditional costumes

On the evening of April 8, Hue College of Education held the Bunpimay festival – Lao New Year celebration, Buddhist calendar 2561, with the participation of more than 500 Lao overseas students living and studying in Hue city. Attending the ceremony was Mr. In tha – Vong pha chan, Deputy Head of Consulate General of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Da Nang City.

Dr. Truong Quy Tung - Vice President of Hue University awards certificates of merit to 2 Lao overseas students
Dr. Truong Quy Tung – Vice President of Hue University awards certificates of merit to 2 Lao overseas students

Bunpimay Festival usually takes place from April 14-16 annually according to the Buddhist calendar. The Festival aims to bring freshness and prosperity to the universe, and well-being as well as purification of human life.

The ceremony was warm, formal with the traditional rituals of Bunpimay. The attending Lao overseas students and delegates practiced rituals such as prayer for luck, water splashing and thread tying, which symbolize well-being, prosperity, good health and good luck. After the ceremony, an entertainment program performed by Lao overseas students, Hue University students and provincial border guards.

Praying for good things to come in the new year
Praying for good things to come in the new year

“Lao Bunpimay is a long-standing traditional festival reflecting the passionate unity of Lao tribes. This time, the students who have studied in the beautiful Hue City have celebrated a warm Bunpimay in the Laos-Vietnam friendship,” Mr In tha – Vong pha chan shared.

On this occasion, 58 Lao overseas students was honored to receive certificates of merit from the Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and two Lao overseas students were granted certificates of merit by Hue University.

Splashing water to wash away bad things and illness, wishing good health and cleaness in the new year
Splashing water to wash away bad things and illness, wishing good health and cleaness in the new year
Typing a thread around a person’s wrist is believed to bring him/her good luck
Typing a thread around a person’s wrist is believed to bring him/her good luck

(Thua Thien Hue Online Newspaper)