Women in Vientiane are asked to wear appropriate clothing for Pi Mai

Published on April 18, 2013

Women in Vientiane are being asked to wear appropriate clothing when visiting holy places and out in public during the Lao New Year celebrations, which run from April 14-17. According to the latest notice issued by Vientiane major Soukanh Maharath.

Vientiane major Soukanh Maharath , made a public statement on the issue after the Government Office formally announced the Pi Mai Lao celebrations and the dates of the public holiday. According to him, Women in Vientiane are being asked to wear appropriate clothing when visiting holy places and out in public during the Lao New Year celebrations, which run from April 14-17.

In the run up to Pi Mai Lao each year, the authorities announce that women must not wear skimpy clothing when they visit temples. And it is the same again this year.

The announcement said women are not allowed to wear skimpy clothing and shorts when they visit temples to pour water over Buddha images. Also, they should not enter crowded public places if they are wearing skimpy clothing.

One of the most noticeable traditions among women is that they unfailingly wear a long skirt to work. They also wear traditional dress when visiting important places such as government offices, stupas and temples.

Pi Mai Lao is a good chance for the Vientiane authorities to promote Lao culture through the clothes we wear. But it’s time the authorities changed their tune and got creative by suggesting we all wear something that is unique. After all, the festival itself is a one-of-a-kind event, and it would be nice if this was reflected in a special costume.

LNTV Lao News broadcast on 12/4/2013