Phuket Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Dates: 09/01/2012 - 09/30/2012 Dates: 09/01/2012 - 09/30/2012 Location: Phuket


A colourful event held over a nine day period in late September/early October, this celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.

Though the origins of the festival are unclear, it is thought that perhaps the festival was bought to Phuket by a wandering Chinese opera group who fell ill with malaria while performing on the island.

They decided to adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods who would ensure purification of the mind and body. On recovery, the people celebrated by holding a festival that was meant to honour the gods as well as express the people’s happiness at surviving what was, in the nineteenth century, a fatal illness.

Date: September 2012

Location: Phuket

Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival

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