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Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Culture, Phuket
Phuket Vegetarian Festival procession with exploding fire crackers
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The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, normally October.

During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. This special Vegetarian dishes are on offer on numerous food stalls in Phuket Town, so that visitors and tourists also can partake.

Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees.

Last Updated: 05 Sep 2011