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Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. 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 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. 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 known as "Ma Song".

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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

10 RULES FOR THE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL

  • Clean your body during the festival
  • Clean kitchen utensils and to use them seperately from others not used during the festival
  • Wear white during the festival period
  • Behave physically and mentally
  • No eating meat
  • No sex
  • No alcoholic drinks
  • People in mourning should not attend the festival
  • Pregnant women should not watch any ritual
  • Women having their period should not attend any rituals

September 26th

KATHU SHRINE

  • 17.00 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 24.00 Jade Emperor & Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • 17.09 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 23.09 Jade Emperor & Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 17.00 Warriors Propitiation & Lantern Pole Raising
  • 22.00 Jade Emperor
  • 23.00 Nine Emperor Gods Propitation at Saphan Hin

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 16.00 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 24.00 Jade Emperor & Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 17.45 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 24.00 Jade Emperor & Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation (Yog Ong Song Tae & Kiu Ong Tai Tae)

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 17.00 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 24.00 Jade Emperor & Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 16.59 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 21.09 Jade Emperor Propitiation
  • 23.00 Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation at Surin Beach

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 17.00 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 22.30 Jade Emperor Propitiation
  • 24.00 Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 17.45 Lantern Pole Raising
  • 24.00 Jade Emperor & Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation

September 27
The First Day of the Festival

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 / 18.00 Worship of Gods

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 20.00 Worship of Gods

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 12.00 / 19.00 Worship of Gods

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 17.45 Birth-Death Gods Propitition at Saphanhin

September 28th

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 / 18.00 Worship of Gods

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods and Spirit Propitiation of Past Participants of the Vegetarian Festival.

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 20.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 17.00 Worship of Gods

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 20.00 Worship of Gods

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 20.00 Worship of Gods

September 29th

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 / 18.00 Worship of Gods
  • 16.00 Warriors Propitiation
  • 16.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 19.30 Birth-Death Gods Propitiation

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • 19.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.45 Birth-Death Gods Propitiation

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Worship of Gods

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Propitiation of Seven Stars

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 17.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.30 Birth-Death Gods Propitiation

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 15.30 Blessing Bang Tao Village
  • 19.00 Worship of Gods

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 15.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Birth-Death Gods Propitiation at Koh Sirey Beach

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 07.00 Street Procession in Phuket town
  • 15.45 Food Offering to Warriors

September 30th

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 / 18.00 Worship of Gods

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods and Spirit Propitiation of Past Participants of the Vegetarian Festival

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • Spirit Propitiation of Past Participants of the Vegetarian Festival

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 20.00 Worship of Gods

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 07.19 Street Procession in Phuket Town
  • 12.00 Worship of Gods
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 12.00 / 19.30 Worship of Gods

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 15.30 Blessing Manik and Cherng Thalay Villages
  • 19.00 Worship of Gods

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 07.30 Worship of Gods
  • 20.00 Worship of Gods

SAPAM SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods

October 1st

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 / 18.00 Worship of Gods

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Propitiation of Seven Stars

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 20.00 Worship of Gods
  • 24.00 Propitiation of Gods

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 07.30 Street Procession in Phuket Town

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.09 Propitiation of Seven Stars
  • 23.00 Worship of Gods

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 07.30 Worship of Gods
  • 20.00 Worship of Gods

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 19.00 Street Procession in Sapam Village

October 2nd

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 Worship of Gods
  • 16.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.09 Fire Walking at Saphan Hin

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 07.00 Street Procession in Phuket Town
  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 19.00 Worship of Gods
  • 21.00 Fire Walking

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 17.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Fire Walking at Shrine

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 07.30 Street Procession in Thalang District
  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 19.30 Worship of Gods
  • 21.30 Random Selection to Find Servants to Priests in the Next Vegetarian Festival

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 07.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Fire Walking at Shrine

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 15.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 21.00 Fire Walking at Shrine

October 3rd

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 Worship of Gods
  • 16.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods
  • 19.00 Propitiation of Seven Stars

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • 08.00 Street Procession in Phuket Town
  • 21.09 Propitiation of Seven Stars

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Bladed-Ladder Climbing

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods
  • 20.00 Bladed - Ladder Climbing

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 19.00 Worship of Gods
  • 21.00 Propitiation of Seven Stars

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 20.00 Propitiation of Seven Stars
  • 20.45 Oil Bathing, Tying Children's Wrist

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 19.59 Bladed-Ladder Climbing
  • 23.00 Worship of Gods

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 20.00 Propitiation of Seven Stars

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 20.00 Propitiation of Seven Stars
  • 20.00 Nail Bridge Crossing
  • Oil Bathing

October 4th

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 Worship of Gods
  • 07.00 Street Procession in Phuket Town
  • 12.00 Worship of Gods
  • 16.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • 20.09 Bridge Crossing for Purification

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Fire Walking at Shrine
  • 22.00 Random Selection to Find Priests' Servants for the Next Vegetarian Festival

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 20.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 24.00 Propitiation of Gods

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods
  • 20.00 Fire Walking at Shrine

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 18.30 Street Procession in Thalang District

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.09 Fire Walking at Shrine
  • 21.30 Worship of Gods

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 07.00 Street Procession in Phuket Town (join with Kathu Shrine's Procession)

SAPAM SHRINE

  • Worship of Gods

October 5th

KATHU SHRINE

  • 05.00 Worship of Gods
  • 09.30 Random Selection to Find Priests' Servants for Next Vegetarian Festival
  • 15.00 Fire Walking at Shrine
  • 16.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Worship of Gods
  • 19.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
  • 24.00 Siva & Nine Emperor Gods and Birth-Death Gods Farewell

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 23.09 Siva Farewell
  • 23.45 Nine Emperor Gods Farewell at Saphanhin

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
  • 22.00 Siva & Nine Emperor Gods Farewell

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

  • 07.00 Street Procession in Phuket Town
  • 20.00 Worship of Gods
  • 21.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
  • 24.00 Siva & Nine Emperor Gods Farewell

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 19.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
  • 23.09 Siva Farewell
  • 24.00 Nine Emperor Gods Farewell at Saphanhin

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 17.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification and Siva & Nine Emperor Gods Farewell at Nai Yang Beach

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 05.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 18.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
  • 21.30 Siva Farewell
  • 22.09 Nine Emperor Gods Farewell at Surin Beach

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 07.30 Worship of Gods
  • 15.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 20.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
  • 22.30 Siva Farewell
  • 24.00 Nine Emperor Gods Farewell at Koh Sirey Beach

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 19.45 Bridge Crossing for Purification
  • 22.45 Siva & Nine Emperor Gods Farewell

October 6th

KATHU SHRINE

  • 17.00 Lantern Pole Lowering
  • 17.30 Warriors Farewell

JUI TUI SHRINE

  • 17.09 Lantern Pole Lowering

BANG NEOW SHRINE

  • 15.00 Food Offering to Warriors and Lantern Pole Lowering

SAMKONG SHRINE

  • 17.09 Lantern Pole Lowering

BAN THA RUE SHRINE

  • 16.45 Lantern Pole Lowering

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE

  • 16.30 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 17.00 Lantern Pole Lowering

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

  • 16.00 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 16.00 Lantern Pole Lowering

SAPAM SHRINE

  • 15.45 Food Offering to Warriors
  • 15.45 Lantern Pole Lowering

Shrine Locations

Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

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