VIENTIANE, Feb 17: The Elephant Festival was held from Friday to next Thursday in northern Lao province of Sayabuly with 69 elephants joining the activities.
The elephant festival has been held annually for 12 years since 2007, with the purpose to educate, entertain the people, to raise awareness of these endangered animals and identify the need to protect elephants, which have played a vital role in Lao people’s livelihoods, culture and heritage.
On the occasion, elephant shows, parades and elephant beauty pageant were held at the opening ceremony in Sayabuly province, some 250 km northwest of Lao capital Vientiane.
In addition, exhibition of local produce, culture products and handicrafts are displayed at 227 booths.
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