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Pi Mai Lao: 8 Rules To Follow

Source: Vientiane Times

Vientiane Public Security Headquarters under the Ministry of Public Security announced eight regulations for distribution to the nine district offices, aimed at maintaining social order during Lao New Year (April 14-16).

The first regulation bans the sale of fireworks while the second forbids the splashing of dirty water, wearing of provocative dress during traditional activities, and gambling during the celebrations.

The third rule prohibits the transport of water on pick-up trucks and splashing it at other vehicles as well as forbidding Vientiane residents from holding parties and dancing on the streets.

A ban on swimming in the Mekong River and other areas is stipulated in the fourth regulation, with the fifth requiring motorists to adhere to the traffic regulations, especially not to drink and drive, as well as curbing the playing of loud music.

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The sixth rule forbids the overloading of trucks and buses with too many passengers, the seventh regulation orders entertainment venues to stop serving alcohol after 11:30pm, and the last regulation bans the splashing of on-duty police with water.

Wrongdoers will be educated, warned and fined by police and anyone caught buying and selling fireworks will have the items seized and destroyed with the transgressors reprimanded and fined.

An official schedule of New Year activities for Vientiane has not yet been announced but Oudomxay province has allocated six days (April 11-16) and Luang Prabang province has selected 10 days (April 11-20) for Pi Mai Lao festivities.

Oudomxay province’s Information, Culture and Tourism department is planning 12 special activities in Xay and La districts.

In Luang Prabang, the programme will include a Nang Sangkhan beauty contest on April 11-12, an elephant parade on April 13, a market fair in the main street and product exhibition on April 14, a baci ceremony procession, and a performance by members of the Lue ethnic group on April 15, according to the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department.