People celebrate as a home-made rocket is launched during the annual Rocket Festival in the village of Houa Xeing on the outskirts of Vientiane. Photo: AFP

Rockets, mud and phalluses: parched Laos farmers pray for rain

Practised across much of Laos and northeast Thailand, the Bun Bang Fai festival is an annual rite that celebrates the arrival of the monsoon, a magical moment that nourishes the fields after months of baking dry heat

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People celebrate as a home-made rocket is launched during the annual Rocket Festival in the village of Houa Xeing on the outskirts of Vientiane. Photo: AFP
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