Phuket vegetarian festival is a magical time when a large part of the Thai population stops eating meat for nine days and nine nights.
Date of vegetarian festivals 2020
This festival takes place every year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2020 – From Friday 16th till Sunday 25th October 2020.
The vegetarian festival is a particular time of year.
Thai people are invited to stop eating meat and sometimes impressive ceremonies, such as those in Phuket, are held in and around Chinese temples.
During this period, delicious vegetarian (and vegan) dishes at meager prices (sometimes free) are available in markets and even in shopping malls.
During these ceremonies and mainly in Phuket, followers practice different forms of self-mutilation, walk on embers and pierce their bodies with various accessories.
Many Thais follow this vegetarian festival, even if they do not eat Thai vegetarian food during the rest of the year.
Even the Prime Minister (Prayut Chan-Ocha) encourages Thai people to practice vegetarianism during this period.
Some Thais also practice vegetarianism every Buddhist day (full moon).
Origine of the Phuket vegetarian festival
The Feast of the Nine Emperor Gods is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is practiced by Chinese communities in Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia.
They then decided to follow a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the nine emperor gods to ensure the purification of the mind and body.
To everyone’s amazement, the opera company recovered completely.
As a result, the vegetarian festival has become a popular event practiced throughout most of Thailand.
Follow the yellow and red flag
The 17 is the word Je: เจ, which indicates a vegan or vegan diet.
Veganism refers to an exclusively vegetable diet.
This diet, unlike the vegetarian diet, prohibits all consumption of milk and eggs as well as any other food of animal origin.
The rules for participating in the Phuket vegetarian festival
But if you want to participate fully in this festival, here are the ten rules to follow:
1 – Avoid eating any meat or harming animals.
2 – Refrain from any dairy products, butter, or oil of animal origin.
3 – Abstain from strong and flavored food, very spicy food, very salty food, sweet food, very sour food.
4 – Abstain from five strong-smelling vegetables: garlic, elephant garlic, onions, chives, tobacco leaves, and strong spices.
5 – Practice the following five precepts:
refrain from killing
abstain from flying
refrain from any sexual misconduct
refrain from false speeches
refrain from intoxicants causing carelessness
6 – Purify the mind
7 – Doing good deeds (good deeds), wearing white clothes
8 – Use different cooking utensils from the others, which are only used for the festival
9 – Avoid drinking alcohol
10 – Women who are menstruating should not attend rituals.
Video about the Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Attention, the sensitive soul, abstain!
To see the important holidays of the year:
Holidays in Thailand, important dates in 2019
See also: Vegetarianism in Thailand
Source: learnthaiwithmod.com; phuket.com; Wikipedia: Photos of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Joseph Ferris III