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When is Lao National Day?
How long until Lao National Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 71 Days.|
Dates of Lao National Day
|The establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975|
National Day is a public holiday in Lao, observed on 2 December.
If the 2 December falls on a weekend, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.
This day marks the establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975.
History of Lao National Day
By the twentieth century, Lao had become a French protectorate. Following the end of World War II, resistance to French control grew and the Pathet Lao resistance organisation was formed by the Indochinese Communist Party. The armed struggle against occupation was known as the First Indochina War, and it resulted in Lao gaining independence as a constitutional monarchy under King Sisavang Phoulivong in October 1953.
Did you know?
Lao is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia.
The opposing views of the Pathet La and the royalist forces led to a long civil war in Lao. In 1975, with the support of North Vietnam and the Soviet Union, the Pathet Lao gained the upper hand in the conflict and on 2 December 1975, they overthrew the royalist Lao government and forced King Savang Vatthana to abdicate. On the same day, he Pathet Lao government under Kaysone Phomvihane renamed the country as the Lao People's Democratic Republic.