The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which usually falls in the month of October. The tradition originated on Phuket around 150 years ago.
It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making.
The festival is well-known by tourists for the processions and sacred rituals which are performed publicly at various Chinese shrines and temples: aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs.
Last Updated: 04 Sep 2011
Photos from the Vegetarian Festival every October in Phuket Town