Laos' Independence Day
Laos' Independence Day is held on July 19. It is celebrated on July 19, marking the autonomy, or independence, from the French Union in 1949. This event in the second decade of the month July is annual. Help us
Between independence and 1975, Laos was embroiled in a civil war that overlapped with the Vietnam War (American War). The famous Ho Chi Minh Trail, a vital supply line for the North Vietnamese, ran through Laos. As the US war effort in Vietnam faltered and failed, the Pathet Lao gained an advantage over its non-communist foes in Laos. It gained control of the entire country in August 1975. Since then, Laos has been a communist nation with close ties to neighboring Vietnam and, to a lesser degree, China.
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Laos' National Day on December 2 (the proclamation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975);