The Vegetarian Festival

Posted by Andaman Sam on September 17th, 2013 filed in Activities, Dining, Festivals, Living here, The locals, Tourist tips

On October 4th between 4-6pm all of the Chinese shrines around Phuket will raise the Go Tengpole and the annual Vegetarian Festival will begin. This 10 day festival is one of the most interesting and colourful in Phuket, and is a must for all visitors and expats on the island.

The Vegetarian Festival is celebrated by the Chinese community and it is believed that by abstaining from meat for nine days that it will help to gain good health and peace of mind. The first two days of the festival do not have much to offer in terms of entertainment, though there is plenty of excellent vegetarian food around.

The third day of the festival (October 7th) the street processions will begin, which are definitely a sight to be seen. It is during these processions that many Thais of Chinese decent do acts of self mortification, acting as a medium for the gods. It is believed that the gods will protect them from harm. The processions will continue throughout the week all over the island.

To read more about the Vegetarian Festival and other festivals in Phuket, go here.


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