Annual Phuket ‘Hungry Ghost’ Festival to be held

PHUKET: The annual Thai- Chinese Phuket ‘Hungry Ghost’ or Por Tor festival will be hold in Phuket this month in Phuket Town.

The festival is called ’Por Tor’ in Phuket but it is well known by foreigners as ‘Hungry Ghost’. Thai- Chinese people in Phuket believe ancestor’s spirits are released back to the earth to visit their relatives and families during this time of the year in the lunar calendar.

One of the most important offerings for their ancestors is red turtle cakes. Turtles represent good health and long life while red is also the color of good luck to the Chinese.

The Por Tor festival is normally held at Chinese shrines in Phuket Town and some Chinese shrines in Thalang. However a large festival is normally held at the Bang Naew Chinese Shrine on Phuket Road in Talad Yai near Saphan Hin.

This year the festival will be held from August 16th to August 26th. There will be many traditional Phuket food stalls, traditional shows, concerts, local products, and more.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.