Events  Laos National Day
02/12/201500:00 TV5MONDE
Every year on December 2d is the celebration of the National Day in Laos. 

It refers to the abolition of the monarchy that took place in 1975. During November that year, the Pathet Lao (literally “the Lao people”, the name of the Communist Party) together with the Vietnam People’s Army, overthrew the royalist Lao government forcing the King and the Queen Savang Khampjoui to abdicate.
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic was then proclaimed.

 
 


Until then, the flag used to be red with a triple-headed white elephant on a pedestal beneath a parasol to express the old name of the country, which was: “ Land of Million Elephants”.

 


In 1975, the new flag was introduced: three horizontal bands of red, blue and red with the middle blue strip twice the height of the top and bottom red stripes.
The red color represents the blood shed by the people who fought for the independence and freedom of their country
The blue color represents the abundance of the country with its natural resources including the Mekong, but also symbolizes the health and wealth for the country.
The white disc in the middle symbolizes the moon over the Mekong but also unity of the people under the Communist government, as well as prosperity and peace for the future of the country.


 


During that day, streets are strewn with national flags and banners, processions, parades, and speeches to celebrate the victory of the proletariat in 1975. However, many people also celebrate this day at home with friends. 

 
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