Vegetarian Festival Street Procession Held by Oldest Phuket Chinese Shrine – PHOTO TOUR

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The vegetarian street procession on Sunday (October 22nd) was held by the Kathu Chinese Shrine which is the oldest Chinese shrine in Phuket.

The Kathu Chinese Shrine is the origin of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The festival was started 198 years ago.

The original Phuket Vegetarian started at the Nai Thu Village which is now in the Kathu sub-district, Kathu District.

The Ew Geng sacred ceremony was held with the Nine Emperor Gods in a procession from the Kathu Chinese Shrine to Saphan Hin in Phuket town before heading back to the shrine.

Male and female devotees were stabbing their faces with various items such as sharp rods and swords to show that they had relieved the burden of unlucky things and bad karma from the people who were waiting for them along the road. Many Thais and foreigners watched the procession.

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The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival dates were set which will be held for nine days from October 15th to October 23rd, 2023 with many rituals scheduled, farewell rituals, and street processions.

The Phuket Vegetarian festival has officially begun after the Go Teng Pole was raised this past weekend.

The first day of the vegetarian festival street procession started at the Jor Su Kong Naka Chinese Shrine in Wichit yesterday, October 16th, 2023.

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More than 2,000 devotees joined in with the vegetarian street procession of the famous Jui Tui Tao Bo Geng Shrine today, October 21st, 2023.

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.