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Lao students celebrate Bunpimay Festival in Vietnam

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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April 12, 2021 | 11:20

More than 400 Lao students studying in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue practiced traditional rituals of the festival, including Buddha statue bathing and thread tying at a gather to celebrate Bunpimay, the traditional New Year Festival of Laos.

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400 Lao students celebrate Bunpimay Festival in Vietnam
Participants practiced traditional ritual of the festival - thread tying. Source: Thai Nguyen newspaper

Water Splash festival is one of the traditional cultural festivals of the Southeast Asian countries. The Laotians call Bunpimay, the Thais call Songkran, is Chol Chnam Thmey with the Cambodians and Thingyan in Myanmar.

The festival means to bring the cool, prosperity for the universe, purifies the human life. In these days, people are splashing together to bless, pray for good weather, a prosperous and happy New Year. Festival in Laos is often referred to as the “Bun” meaning doing good to be blessed.

According to VNA, Phimmachanh Luckyjane, a second-year student of the College of Economics under the Hue University said that the event made he feel like at home. Phimmachanh thanked leaders of the university and authorities of Thua Thien Hue for supporting them in both study and life.

According to Tran Cong Phu, Director of the provincial Department of External Relations, said that over the years, the province has strengthened cooperation with Lao localities in all fields, especially education and training.

Each year, Thua Thien-Hue provides 10 scholarships to Lao students. Since 2002, the province has received 1,200 Lao students, more than a half of them have graduated.

400 Lao students celebrate Bunpimay Festival in Vietnam
On the occasion of the Bunpimay festival, Thai Nguyen province gave many gifts to Lao students. Photo: Thai Nguyen newspaper

Meanwhile, the northern province of Thai Nguyen also held a get-together to celebrate the Lao traditional New Year, which drew representatives from the Lao Embassy in Vietnam, local authorities and more than 250 Lao students in the locality.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Lao and Cambodian students are not able to return home for this special occasion. The event showed Thai Nguyen’s attention to the students.

Currently, 1,800 Lao and Cambodian students are studying at 11 universities and colleges in Thai Nguyen.

Ealier, Vietnam’s Dien Bien Provincial Public Security has recently given 30 computers and 30 printers to the public security forces in 6 Lao northern provinces on the occasion of the Bunpimay traditional festival and the 60th anniversary of the Lao public security forces (April 5)./.

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Hannah Nguyen