Pee Mai Lao or Lao New Year falls on April 13-15, 2009
Sok Dee Pee Mai 2552. Happy Lao New Year 2009.
This is a story told in Laos to explain why Lao people pour water on each other on the New Year in the fifth Lunar month. The story is called Nang Sangkaan.
The origin of the parade of Nang Sangkaan is not Buddhist, but Brahmanism. Later, Lao people changed the tradition, but kept the idea of carrying the Buddha images and respected persons in the procession and pouring water on them.