Boat Racing Festival 2014 bans pirated sinh

(KPL) The Vice Mayor of Vientiane Capital Saythong Keodouangdy has announced a ban on selling pirated sinh (Lao traditional skirts) and pornography at the annual Boat Racing Festival 2014, which will fall on 6-9 October.

The organizing committee will impose disciplinary measures immediately if they find any merchant selling pirated Lao sinh, the vice mayor said.

sinh at talat sao mallThe festival will be held at Tha Vat Chanh, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane Capital. It will begin with the competition of women’s boats and twelve-paddler boats on 8 October. Meanwhile the competition to decide the best men’s teams of paddlers will take place on 9 October, which is the first day after the end of Buddhist Lent or Rain Retreat.

Both men’s traditional boats and modified boats will be competed on 9 October, Thursday.

On the last day of Buddhist Lent, 8 October, alms offerings will be made by Buddhist followers in the morning, with a traditional candlelit procession held at all temples across the country.

Heuafai, a vessel made of banana leaves or banana leaf sheaf and decorated with lit candles, will be released on rivers, popularly on mighty Mekong River, mostly for good luck.

The boat racing festival is aimed at preserving and promoting the fine traditions of Laos. It has been passed on from generation to generation since time immemorial.

Source: KPL Lao News Agency
Published on September 29, 2014