Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand

About Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand

Vegetarian diet which is thought of as a way to live a healthy life is brought to another level in Phuket. The city’s Thai-Chinese residents undergo a 10-day vegetarian diet not because they want to be slimmer, but because along with sacred rituals, they believed that they will be cleansed and receive good fortune if they do it. People in trance walk barefoot on hot coals, and others cut open their faces and pierce them with swords and other things. There are those who also believe that they will have good fortune if they beat themselves until they bleed. If you think having your ears pierced hurts, think again.

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”.

Source: Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Phuket Thailand

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Festival Date & Calendar

Starts: 10/13/2015
Ends: 10/21/2015


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