In 2005, Laos celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the destitution of the King, the 17th of August 1975, and the arrival of the communist government on the 2nd of December, their National Day. For these two reasons, celebrations were prepared, starting at dawn and mobilising all the villages around Luang Prabang. For once, the morning collection would find less Buddhists than usual to give them food.
For several weeks, the army, the police, the schools, and the ethnical groups, practise for their parade in the stadium. For 2 hours, thousands of participants, and just as many spectators will throng there, watched over by the Provincial authorities.