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Ryan H., Laos: "In earlier centuries, there were many Christians who were willing to lose their lives to uphold their religion. Such cases are now rare apart from that of a German priest who set himself on fire to protest the Islamisation of Europe (just as Buddhist monks did in Vietnam). By and large, nowadays only Muslims are willing to die for their religion."

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January 1 - national holiday

January 6 - Pathet Lao Day; national holiday with parades in the capital, Vientiane

January 20 - Day of the Army; national holiday

January or February - Chinese and Vietnamese New Year; it is celebrated principally by the Chinese and Vietnamese minorities, but cause for many shops to be closed. The celebration is flexible in date as it is determined by the lunar calendar.

January - Boun Pha Vet; commemoration of the incarnation of King Vessanthara as Buddha; flexible in date as it is determined by the lunar calendar.

February - Magha Puja; Buddhist holiday, flexible in date as it is determined by the lunar calendar.

March 8 - Women's Day; national holiday with parades.

March 22 - Day of the People's Party; national holiday

March - Boun Khoun Khao; thanksgiving celebration, flexible in date as it is determined by the lunar calendar.

April - Boun Pimai; traditional Laotian New Year, equalling Songkran in Thailand; the celebrations last for three days during which citizens douse each other liberally with water; exact date determined by the lunar calendar.

May 1- Labour Day; national holiday with parades in Vientiane.

May - Boun Bang Fai; equal to the rocket festival in Northeast Thailand; bamboo rockets are fired at the sky; it is believed this will bring about much-needed rain; exact date determined by the lunar calendar.

June 1 - Children's Day; national holiday

June or July - Khao Pansa; beginning of the Buddhist Lent; the exact date depends on the lunar calendar. The day is preferred by Laotians and Buddhist men of neighbouring countries for becoming monks, mostly on a temporary basis.

August 13 - Lao Issara, Day of the Free Laos; national holiday

August - Ho Khao Padap Dinh; a kind of Laotian All-Saints-Day in commemoration of the dead and ancestors; ; exact date determined by the lunar calendar.

September - Bouk ok Pansa; the date of the final celebrations of the Buddhist Lent; exact date determined by the lunar calendar.

October 12 - Day of Liberation from the French; national holiday

December 2 - Independence Day; national holiday with military parades

December - New-Year celebration of the Hmong, a strong ethnic minority in Laos; ; exact date determined by the lunar calendar.

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