Archive for the 'Festivals' Category

Sep 08 2014

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

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Bad spirits begone!

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a nine-day spectacle of parades, daring acts of self-mortification and avoidance of meat, all in the aim of purifying the body and mind, making merit and paying homage to the nine emperor gods of Chinese origin. Held every year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, the 2014 … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket

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Red turtles at the ready to bring to the shrines.

For the Hokkien Chinese community of Phuket, ghostly ancestors are as much a part of a family’s daily life as its living relatives. And occasionally, these ghosts are haunted by hunger. Each year, on first day of the waxing moon on the seventh lunar month, it’s believed that the gates of hell open to give … read the full post

Mar 25 2013

Phuket Pride gay festival

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Subtlety was not her strong point.

With the Songkran New Year celebrated nationwide, April is a festive month in Thailand, Phuket included. But the Phuket party continues to rock past the Songkran days of April 13-15 right to the end of the month with the week-long Phuket Pride gay festival set to run from April 22 to 28. Thai society in … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Chinese New Year in Phuket

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Waiting patiently for your incense offering: Chinese gods at the Shrine of Serene Light.

With red lanterns adorning the streets and truckloads of firecrackers at the ready, Phuket is poised to ring in the Year of the Snake with plenty of colour and panache. Phuket’s large ethnic Chinese population, descended from immigrants who flocked to island for the tin-mining trade in the 1800s and early 1900s, means that the … read the full post