Phuket Vegetarian Festival
The festival normally lasts for nine days from the 1st to the 9th of the 9th
Chinese lunar month. But this year it corresponds to the eleven-day period
from 25 September to 5 October.
The vegetarians, male and female, young and old, are required to dress in
white during the entire period.
People observing the festival should abstain from eating meat and animal oil
for at least one day. They can have their vegetarian meals either at home
or, preferably, at one of the Chinese temples in and around Phuket town. The
meals at the temples are provided free, but most people make a donation and
have their names registered first.
10 Rules for the VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL
1. Cleanliness of bodies during the festival
2. Clean kitchen utensils and to use them seperately from other who do not
join the festival
3. Wear white during the festival
4. Behave physically and mentally
5. No meat eating
6. No sex
7. No alcoholic drinks
8. People at mourning period should not attend the festival
9. Pragnant ladies should not watch any ritual
10. Ladies with period should not attend the ritual
There are six Taoist shrines jointly organizing the festival activities in
Phuket in recent years, of which the oldest is the Kathu Shrine, located in
the County of Kathu 8 km. to the west of the provincial town of Phuket. The
practice of fasting in the 9th lunar month was first brought to Kathu in
1825, when Kathu was a booming tin-mining town. Of course, the shrine itself
has been reconstructed again during the long period of time.
Three of the shrines are located in the town of Phuket -- Bangniao (or Thep
Rasi) on Phuket Road, Chuitui on Ranong Road and Lorong (or Sui Bun Tong)
off Phatthana Road. Bangniao and Chuitui are both over 80 years old and
Lorong was founded in 1977 to share the burden of the other shrines.
Another shrine, Tha Rua, located near the Heroines Monument, is also about
80 years old. It is dedicated to Ngo Chinyin, another Taoist god. It did not
join the festival activities until 1968.