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Rocket Festival - Boun Bang Fai

During this festival giant rockets, constructed from bamboo poles and stuffed with gunpowder, are launched into the sky to encourage the spirits to bring rain for the upcoming rice-growing season.

The event is very exciting and loud bangs can be heard as the rockets explode. Traditionally, each village parades the rockets to the temple and makes offerings before shooting them towards the sky.

This rain-making and fertility festival is a wild and happy ceremony with music, dances, provocative performances and street processions.

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Similar activities in other areas in Southern Laos