(KPL) The annual Elephant Festival was launched in Xayaboury on Feb 17 by President Bounnhang Vorachit in the presence of the provincial governor Phongsavanh Sitthavong, his deputies, ministers of relevant ministries, invited quests, local and foreign visitors.
The celebration of this annual Elephant Festival is one of the most celebrated events in Laos. This festival aims to promote the conservation and promotion of the fine traditions that represent the lifestyle of multi-ethnic people who have built a strong bond with elephants, said Mr Yanyong Sipaseuth, Xayaboury Deputy Governor.
This year festival has drawn 69 elephants and parades marched by more than 1,600 people of different ethnic groups in 11 districts across the northwestern province.
The weeklong event features several interesting activities such as talent elephant shows, elephant baciceremony, elephant riding, among others.
The Elephant Festival celebration will last through Feb 22.
Source: Lao News Agency