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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2018

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2018 - A popular festival in Phuket, Thailand

The 2018 Phuket Vegetarian Festival is on NOW! The festival runs from 8 - 18 October 2018. The dates change every year, as it's based on the Chinese lunar calendar.

Originally, this festival is from the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar in Southeast Asian countries such as Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia by the local Chinese communities.

There are a few conflicting stories about exactly how the festival began in Phuket, Thailand. But it certainly dates back to the Chinese migrants working in the tin mines in the early 19th century. The most widely accepted story is that a traveling troupe of Chinese entertainers came to Phuket to entertain the miners. Phuket was still a jungle-covered island and disease was rife. The entertainers all fell ill. To cure themselves they went on a strict vegetarian diet and practiced abstinence from sex and alcohol. To the amazement of the locals, they all recovered. This remarkable recovery fascinated the local people and from that time on, they repeated the festival every year. Since then the festival has grown and grown until it has developed into the huge event it is today that draws visitors from all around the world.

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival happens once a year, during the ninth lunar month. The festival main event starts of worshipers, all dressed in white and yellow, gather in every shrine for the first event marking the opening of a ceremony – giant bamboo pole rising, to invite divinities to come down to the earth! After that, each day processions start from one of the main Phuket shrines and thousands of people will pay respect to ancestors. During this entire week, everyone follows ten principles: mostly wear white, do not eat meat, do not drink alcohol, do not have sexual activities and Observe the precepts.

Visit Phuket this period, do not miss this most popular festival!

Credit picture: Phuket Andaman News <<>>

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