The language of Laos is Lao.
English is not as widely spoken across Laos as it is in other countries in Southeast Asia.
The predominant religion in Laos is Theravada Buddhism.
About 2% of the population are Catholic or Protestant.
Pi Mai Lao goes on for three days and is essentially a cleansing celebration to prepare for and bless the year ahead, and with this in mind common practices include cleaning Buddha statues with water and flowers. This also extends to family, friends, and even strangers however, and water fights in the streets abound.
Rocket festivals are usually celebrated in May and are considered auspicious in order to assure a good harvest for the year ahead. As the name suggest, rockets are fired starting from early morning until late at night and there is a celebratory atmosphere in the air.