Theravada Lao culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism. It may be found everywhere in the nation, from the language to the temple, as well as in art, literature, and the performing arts. However, many aspects of Lao culture precede Buddhism. For example, the khaen, a kind of bamboo pipe with ancient roots, is the dominant instrument in Laotian music. In lam, the main folk music style, the khaen used to accompany the vocalist. The lam saravane is perhaps the most popular of the lam styles.
Sticky rice is a traditional staple dish in Laos, and it has cultural and religious importance. Sticky rice is favored over jasmine rice, and it is believed that sticky rice cultivation and manufacturing began in Laos. Rice production is linked to a variety of customs and rituals in various settings and among various ethnic groups. Khammu farmers in Luang Prabang, for example, plant tiny amounts of the rice variety Khao Kam near the hut in remembrance of deceased parents, or at the edge of the rice field to signify that parents are still alive.
Sinh is a traditional Laotian clothing worn by women in everyday life. It’s a hand-woven silk skirt that may reveal a lot about the lady who wears it. It may reveal the wearer’s area of origin in particular.
Polygamy is illegal in Laos, but the punishment is mild. Polygamous marriages are illegal in the nation, according to the constitution and the Family Code, which state that monogamy is the primary type of marriage. Polygamy, on the other hand, is still practiced by certain Hmong people.
The government publishes all publications, including the English-language daily Vientiane Times and the French-language weekly Le Rénovateur, which are both published in English. The country’s official news agency, Khao San Pathet Lao, also publishes English and French editions of its namesake daily. There are presently nine daily newspapers, 90 periodicals, 43 radio stations, and 32 television stations broadcasting in Laos. The only foreign media organizations allowed to establish offices in Laos as of 2011 are Nhân Dân (The People) and the Xinhua News Agency, both of which opened offices in Vientiane in 2011.
To avoid criticism of its activities, the Lao government tightly regulates all media outlets. Enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and torture have all been used against Lao people who have criticized the government.
Internet cafés are increasingly commonplace in large cities, and they are particularly popular among the younger population.
Only a handful films have been produced in Laos since the country’s independence. Sabaidee Luang Prabang, released in 2008, was one of the first commercial feature-length films. The first feature film by Australian director Kim Mordount was shot in Laos and includes a Laotian cast speaking in their own tongue. The Rocket, a film that premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in 2013 and won three prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival, was named The Rocket. A few local production firms have recently succeeded in producing Lao feature films that have gained worldwide acclaim. At the Horizon, directed by Anysay Keola, from Lao New Wave Cinema, was shown at the OzAsia Film Festival, while Chanthaly, directed by Mattie Do, from Lao Art Media, was presented at the 2013 Fantastic Fest.
The national sport, muay Lao, is a kickboxing style comparable to Thailand’s muay Thai, Burmese Lethwei, Malaysian Tomoi, and Cambodian Pradal Serey.
In Laos, association football has become the most popular sport. The Lao Competition has risen to become the country’s premier professional league for association football teams. Lao Army FC has been the most successful team in the League since its inception, winning eight championships (after the 2007–2008 season).