The Thai-Chinese Hungry Ghost local tradition in Phuket has started.
The launch of the annual ceremony was held yesterday (August 14th) on the second floor at the Tessaban 1 Market or Ban San Market on Ranong Road in Phuket Town. ‘Por Tor Kong’ which is the ‘God of Por Tor’ or ‘The King of Hell’ was placed at the ceremony.
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.