People go to the temple to make merit during the Lao New Year holidays. There were maybe about 500 people at this temple. After offering food to the monks, everyone goes around to visit elders to wish them good health and long life in the new year. They also visit other temples to make offerings as well as to pour water on the Buddha images to clean them. People also clean the graves or stupa of relatives - washing off the cobwebs and painting the stupa.
This is considered to be the last day of the old year. Tomorrow is the New Year Day.
Inside the temple. The monks are chanting Buddhist prayers while people outside the temple are offering food.