During 3 lune cycles, the monks are doing a retreat that restricted the usual way of life in the pagoda; monks will not be allowed to sleep in a different temple, they will spend more time to meditate. The commun life is more quiet: wedding are usually not celebrated during this period, and people orginaze less parties.
- At the beginning, the festival of Khao Phansa (1st day of the lent)
- then the festival of the ancestors
- then the boat racing festival
- then the festival of lights coming with the end of Buddhist lent
Because of its micro-climate, Luang Prabang is well protected from the monsoon disasters. Storms are close but usually not arriving to the holy city. At this season, the colors are shining, the skys are magnificent, and the atmosphere all dedicated to mediatation and contemplation.