Phavet Festival

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Phavet Festival
Phavet Festival

Until the Lao new year, the pagoda celebrates the festival of Phavet. During 3 all days (and nights), the monks take it in turns to read a part of the life of “Phavet”. Each pagoda celebrates successively this annual festival.

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Each pagoda celebrates successively this annual festival
Each pagoda celebrates successively this annual festival

The history of Phavet Festival

King Phavet reigned over his father’s kingdom as a benevolent monarch, giving away all his possessions-jewelry, clothes, horses and livestock-except a single elephant.

One of his villages, Gadinkha, was suffering from drought that had dried up their lakes and rivers. The starving citizens asked King Phavet for help, but all he had was his elephant, which he bestowed upon them. However, the gesture didn’t solve their crisis.

The villagers became angry, and complained to Phavet’s father. This upset the old king, who banished Phavet, his wife Madthii, and children to the forest. While there, Phavet met a group passing by, and they asked Phavet to give them Madthii. He agreed and handed her and their two children over.

A few months later, rains started falling on Gadinkha, and the villagers began growing rice and vegetables again. They eventually realized Phavet’s elephant had brought them luck, so they brought the animal to the old king and told him the news. This heartened him, and he summoned Phavet to return and retake the throne. After his death, Phavet was reincarnated, married, and had a son, but he divorced his wife and became a monk, and attained enlightenment.

Phavet’s elephant had brought them luck
Phavet’s elephant had brought them luck