Pakse authorities in southernmost province Champassak are expected to celebrate the announcement of Pakse district as a city on May 31.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith issued last month three decrees approving the upgrading of three districts to cities including Luang Prabang of Luang Prabang Province, Kaysone Phomvihane of Savannakhet Province and Pakse of Champassak Province.
To be classified as a city, a municipality must have a population of at least 60,000 and be financially self sufficient with regard to administration costs.
Preparations are currently being made for the celebration of the announcement of Pakse district as a city which will be held at KM 2 Stadium on May 31. Leaders of the district have listed a number of activities for the celebration including religious rituals on May 29 and alms giving on May 30, according to Chief of Pakse district Soulivanh Savatthasin.
Local authorities will conduct in the morning of May 31 a cleaning activity along the main roads of the district with national flags and buntings flown at offices and organizations. More than 20 car processions representing companies, hotels will march along the main roads of the district.
The celebration of Pakse district as a city will also feature cultural performances and Khaen music dance and lam siphandonesinging.
Phet (Phetdavone Khammanivong), the 21-time winner of Seuk Wun Duan Pleng, a televised singing contest of Thailand has been invited to entertain people joining the celebration.
Source: Lao News Agency