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2019 Lao New Year festivities across America

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Sok di pi mai! One of the best times of the year is upon us. From gathering with friends and family to receiving blessings at the wat, let’s ring in the new year with good spirits. Below is a collection of Lao New Year events and festivities we could find — with some hopefully near you. It is by no means a complete list so if we missed any, please share!

Arizona

Arkansas

  • April 27-29
    • Wat Lao Santitham
    • 4625 Armour St., Fort Smith, AR 72904
  • May 3-5
    • Wat Lao Buddharam
    • 3317 N 23rd St., Fort Smith, AR 72904

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

  • April 13-14
    • Wat Lao Buddhamoongcoon
    • 2325 Hillside Rd., Riverdale, GA 30296
  • April 21
    • Songkran festival at Wat Santidham
    • 3917 Old Waynesboro Rd., Augusta, GA 3090
  • May 4-5
    • Wat Lao Buddha Khanti
    • 4052 Zoar Church Road, Snellville, GA 30039
  • May 10-12
    • Wat Lao Buddha Sattha Dhamma
    • 241 Buchanan Rd., Alto, GA 30510
  • May 18-19
    • Wat Lao Buddha Phothisaram
    • 4443 E Conley Rd., Conley, GA 30288

Idaho

Kansas

  • May 24-26
    • Lao Buddhist Associates of Kansas
    • 2550 S Greenwich Rd., Wichita, KS 67210

Louisiana

Maryland

Minnesota

  • April 6-7
    • Wat Lao Forest Lake at Buasavanh Restaurant Banquet Hall
    • 7324 Lakeland Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
  • April 13 (9 a.m.-midnight)

Missouri

New Mexico

North Carolina

  • April 13-14 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • April 13-14
    • Wat Lao Buddharam & Lao Community Center
    • 1824 Todd Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214
  • April 14 (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Ohio

  • April 27-28
    • Wat Lao Buddhamamakaram
    • 3624 Bexvie Ave., Columbus, OH 43227

Philadelphia

  • April 13-14
    • Lao Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia
    • 335 E Chew Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19120
  • April 20 (5 – 10 p.m.) – 21 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Rhode Island

Tennessee

  • April 26-28
  • May 25-27
    • Wat Lao Buddharam
    • 5214 Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Texas

  • April 12 (6 p.m.), April 13 (10 a.m.), April 14 (2 p.m.)
  • April 13 (10 a.m.-midnight)
  • April 19-21
    • Wat Lao Rockwall
    • 2772 Blackland Rd., Royse City, TX 75189
  • April 26 (12 p.m.)
  • May 3-5
    • Wat Lao Sirimoungkhoun of Dallas, Inc.
    • 4109 S Ledbetter Dr., Dallas, TX 75236

Utah

  • April 13 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • April 20 (6 p.m.-midnight)
  • April 27-28
    • Wat Lao Salt Lake Buddharam of Utah
    • 7010 W. Parkway Blvd., West Valley City, UT 84128

Virginia

  • April 13-14 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
    • Wat Lao Buddhavong
    • 3043 Catlett Rd., Catlett, VA 20119

Washington

  • April 20-21
    • Wat Pa Lao
    • 38702 NW Pacific Hwy, Woodland, WA 98674

31 Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Wat Lao Buddharam & Lao Community Center
    1824 Toddville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214
    Dates are April 13th & 14th

  2. amee phavong says

    Paduma monastery
    8677 mulberry ave
    Fontana,ca 92335
    April 28th & 29th

  3. Anonymous says

    Wat Lao Salt Lake Buddharam of Utah
    7010 W. Parkway Blvd.
    West Valley City, UT 84128
    April 27-28

  4. Bravo! This is a nice, comprehensive list. One note for Colorado is that we have the party on April 13 and the festival, parade and Nang Sang Khane one May 11 🙂 yes May, lol. It still snows in April here and it would get a little cold off you’re soaked in 40 degree weather. More info at http://watlaodenver.com/events/
    Sok Dee pee mai!

  5. Anonymous says

    Are there any in the Washington State area (greater Seattle) and Illinois (Elgin and Rockford)?

  6. Anonymous says

    Oregon – Saturday, 13th
    From 9am – 4pm
    Wat Buddhatham-Aram
    4350 NE 133rd Ave, Portland, OR 97230

  7. Souky says

    Wat Lao Buddharam TN and Wat Lao Kansas in late May? Why not July 4th while you are at it? That should be hot and toasty for water fight, ain’t it.

    Lao New Year should be celebrated in mid April just like every where else. Not on your out of thin air calendar so that your wat make as much monies from party goers if it were happened somewhere else on the same date. If you are going to do it, do it right.

    • Anonymous says

      bc it always rains in april and nashville does theirs in april

    • Anonymous says

      Wow. That’s a pretty inconsiderate commit. Temples are all about tradition and people love going to new year. When you think about it – New Year is the one time out of the year where people ‘might’ actually visit and donate. These donations are what will keep the organizations a float. By doing new years all at the same time means people will have to pick choose meaning some temples may not do well in the long run. Yes – it’s nice to have new years on the correct date, but it doesn’t mean the temple is money hungry if it’s not.

      Please consider the upside of things and not bash. Spread love not negativity.

      • Anonymous says

        Dear Souky…

        Wow. That’s a pretty inconsiderate comment*. Temples are all about tradition and people love going to new year. When you think about it – New Year is the one time out of the year where people ‘might’ actually visit and donate. These donations are what will keep the organizations a float. By doing new years all at the same time means people will have to pick choose meaning some temples may not do well in the long run. Yes – it’s nice to have new years on the correct date, but it doesn’t mean the temple is money hungry if it’s not.

        Please consider the upside of things and not bash. Spread love not negativity.

      • Souky says

        A Lao new year should be in mid April. All over the world we celebrate Christmas every year on the December 25th. We don’t wait until it snow so we have a white Christmas. We are respectful to the tradition. Otherwise it is not a tradition. It is an uneducated way of doing thing. If you are value about your culture and tradition you should follow that tradition. If you are not then don’t call it a Lao New Year. Call it After Lao New Year or Memorial Day celebration and people won’t make fun of your ignorant. You are a laughing stock of the world who know when Lao (Khmer, Thai and Burmese) New year should be. Just doing it for money is not an answer. It make you guys look like uneducated heathens.

  8. Anonymous says

    and thanks for looking passed the auto correct of ‘commit’ = comment*

  9. It sounds like you’re going to have quite the party. I appreciate these posts on a different culture. I don’t know the slightest thing about Laos, but I’m eager to learn. Please teach me! And keep on writing about Laos. I’m sure there are lots of people like me who are too ignorant and need to know more. Feel free to drop by my blog anytime to chat!

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