Today is International Women’s Day and in Laos it is celebrated nation wide. It is even a holiday and a time when Lao Women’s Union Members would take their annual trip together for a few days to the most popular tourist destinations like Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, or Champassak.

For many union groups, this is when the members would come together and host a celebration or combine it with a fundraising event for school improvement.

Seripap Restaurant in Vientiane, Laos

Seripap Salad

When I was in Laos last year during the International Women’s Day celebration, I took my relatives and their friends to celebrate at Seripap Restaurant during the day. In the evening we were all gathered at Ban Akat Elementary School for a night of celebration, hosted by the local Lao Women’s Union group.