Vegetarian Festival Phuket

Vegetarian Festival in Phuket.

The Vegetarian festival in Phuket with piercing extreme walking on razor blades and running on glowing coals starts on the first day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. 

That is late September or the beginning of October is a very bizarre piercing extreme and tattoo focused celebration.

Vegetarian Festival Phuket.

It's body piercing extreme plus fire walk and other exotic performances around several Chinese temple. Similar is going on in Trang Province Krabi Takuapa Satun and Ranong but by far not such extreme as in Phuket where some additional performances were created by the local people and extended to one of the most spectacular festivals of Thailand.
Vegetarian Festival Phuket

On Phuket Island most local people wear white clothes to express purity and vegetarian food is served at street stalls all over the island and countless Thai people show body piercing and tattoo extreme. They walk on fire (glowing coals) on the evening of the last festival day and many participants show their full body tattoos. 


The action is around and in several Chinese temple in Phuket and elsewhere in Thailand. Body piercing extreme and the razor blade climber up the ladder and down on the other side are real strange things you wont hardly find elsewhere. Some call it a Taoism Celebration.


Phuket vegetarian festival Taoist celebration

Vegetarian food is served at street stalls all over the city, body piercing extreme and walk on fire is done during one day only and many participants show their full body tattoos. The action is around and in several Chinese temple in Phuket and elsewhere in Thailand. Body piercing extreme and the razor blade climber up the ladder and down on the other side are real strange things you wont hardly find elsewhere.

  • Some call it a Taoism Celebration.


The Taoist Celebration of the vegetarian festival is happen in all Chinese temples in Phuket and also is celebrated by Thais who are not necessarily of Chinese origin or within the Taoist philosophy. 

 At that time many Chinese migrated to Phuket to work in the newly discovered tin mines and they brought a Chinese drama group with them. Many of the group turned vegetarian in the hope to immunize them from malaria some of them contracted.

The center of the festival are a cluster of Chinese temples on Phuket such as the Bang Niaw and the Jui Tui Chinese Temple. At the vegetarian festival Phuket means a great event to boost Phuket tourism. One of the main performances when the people get absolute control over the body is vegetarian festival Phuket face skewering.

The vegetarian festival Phuket performance is to get all kind of strange items into the face for face skewing. The important vegetarian festival Phuket performance is no visible pain and no blood. This is strange enough since just try to bang one of this items shown below into your face and body and no blood is visible, under normal conditions this is simply not possible.

 This are running over hot coals when at the vegetarian festival ends. Some of the guys who perform at the vegetarian festival Phuket even do hot coal swallowing which is a real strange ritual. Anyway they also are carrying the Chinese deities from one Chinese temple to another dressed in real exotic costumes.

 In Bangkok, the Vegetarian Festival is on at Yaowarat or Bangkok Chinatown. It begins on the first day of the 9th month of the Chinese lunar calendar with action similar to those at Phuket. People in Chinatown already have started buying vegetarian meat substitutes, mainly high protein soy bean products, during the vegetarian festival meat sales drop by around 70 percent during the ten days of the festival.

 Thailand culture has lots of things a normal "farang" or foreigner wont understand, e.g. why to need a pocket calculator to subtract sixteen from twenty and so on, but in any case the vegetarian festival in Phuket is a great exotic event and show a couple of things nobody understands anyway, such as pushing a sharp iron rod through the cheeks, penetrating on one side, coming out on the other side and absolutely no blood flows. To watch all this go to the Chinese Temple near Robinson Department Store early in the morning at least by 7 am and after strange things happen. Have a look at the pictures below and in particular at the video, that tells more than 1 million words.

 Some of the piercing actors at the vegetarian festival in Phuket are supposed to act as a mediums between deities and the earth.
Trying to expand the mind. 
Once it is reached their body is pierced by all kind of objects as shown above such as knifes needles barbed wires bamboo poles umbrellas and other. The peculiar thing is they put all this objects through the skin and wont bleed most of the time which is strange indeed.
The ten basics during the days are:
1. Total cleanliness of the body.
2. Clean kitchen utensils and use them separately from other who do not join the festival.
3. Wear white cloth.
4. Behave in a good way, physically and mentally.
5. Don't eat meat.
6. No sex.
7. No alcohol.
8. People at mourning should not attend the festival
9. Pregnant ladies should not watch any ritual.
10. Ladies with menstruation should not attend the festival.

 Vegetarian festival mediums are plenty and march in a very long procession on some Phuket main streets. The mediums pick up some offerings from shops who sometimes places altars in front to the road. The shop owners think it is a sign of good luck and blessing if one the mediums take their gifts during the vegetarian festival procession.

 This unique festivals of Thailand has its origins on the southern island of Phuket some 180 years ago and has gradually spread to virtually all parts of Thailand. The vegetarian festival has been started by Chinese. It began among the Chinese immigrants who came to Phuket Island in the early 19th Century to work in the tin mines.

 According to historians, about the year 1825, malaria struck the Chinese miners and some artist from a Chinese theater group started the vegetarian trend in the hope to get rid of malaria by eating vegetarian food only , they were not successful but myths hardly vanish. Now each year at the same time -more or less- vegetarian festival is on and people on Phuket island practice a period of cleansing by adopting a vegetarian diet.

 Offerings to the Chinese divinities are made and a strict code of eating and dress conduct is followed, which included sexual abstinence and foregoing the consumption of alcohol. As the years went by, something bizarre took place in the vegetarian festival.

 Individuals spontaneously began to be “possessed by spirits” during the vegetarian festival and would take to cut themselves with sharp object or slashing themselves with razor sharp knives.
Yet once the spirit had left them, there would be no visible wounds, but there are scars. This Hindu like self-mutilation naturally drew tourists to Phuket island, and the vegetarian festival spread over Thailand with the time, since clever Thai people noticed they can earn money with it and that's the name of the game.

 Thai vegetarian food is no bad and just as any food but not as much proteins. This is one of of the reasons why most people in south east Asia are rather small because they mostly eat vegetables that means no veggie rocks. Only pork and beef does.

 Vegetarian Food at Festival Phuket

 Vegetarian Food at Festival Phuket

 Vegetarian Food at Festival Phuket

 This Phuket Festival is on not only on the island. People saw they could make money with it, so many other places started the same.

 The yellow signs on the road bear a Chinese character in red and the Thai word “jeh” next to it, mean vegetarian. Any vendor displaying the signs sell flesh free food and the restaurants serve only meatless dishes.

 Vegetarian Food at vegetarian festival Phuket

 Festival Devotee Phuket

 Vegetarian Festival Shop Phuket

 Vegetarian Festival Kan Eng Restaurant Chalong - they have more

 Vegetarian Festival Car prepared for the street show

 Festival Phuket

 Vegetarian Dim Sum

 Festival Phuket Bang Niaw Chinese Temple

 Bang Niaw Chinese Temple in Phuket inside

 Festival offerings to the Chinese divinities

 vegetarian festival Phuket devotee

 Body piercing

 Large needles piercing the mouth

 Variants of piercing the body
In Bangkok, the Vegetarian Festival is on at Yaowarat or Bangkok Chinatown. It begins on the first day of the 9th month of the Chinese lunar calendar with action similar to those at Phuket. People in Chinatown already have started buying vegetarian meat substitutes, mainly high protein soy bean products, during the vegetarian festival meat sales drop by around 70 percent during the ten days of the festival.

 Tongue piercing with umbrella

 Strange object mouth piercing

 Piercing the Cheek

 Mouth piercing with needles

 Tongue piercing with needles

 Cheek piercing

 Carry the Chinese deity

 Deities action and fire cracker

 Action and fire cracker
But the festival is not merely limited to Chinatown or the Chinese-Thais. Many Thais and foreigners welcome the change to a vegetarian diet, and perhaps one restaurant in five will offer vegetarian dishes only. In fact, some tourists have been known to plan their visits to Thailand during the vegetarian festival.

 Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival is probably at one of the best times to visit the country if you are not a beachcomber, even though it does fall within the rainy season. Just take an umbrella with you. The food offered at this time of year is as good as any cuisine that Asia has to offer. If you want to participate on the vegetarian festival Phuket maybe via a walk on fire, a run on fire or maybe a ladder climb on razorblades you are welcome, to give you a idea look here and on video 41 in the video section.

 The Thai will welcome you, but if you don't deliver, they booo you. So ask yourself are you a wimp like the American president Carter who got more or less stranded in the Persian desert and didn't deliver because of his stupidity, or will you delivery, excuses are not accepted.

 This Phuket Festival is on not only on the island after people saw they could make money with it many other places in south Thailand started the same.

 The yellow signs on the road bear a Chinese character in red and the Thai word “jeh” next to it, mean vegetarian. Any vendor displaying the signs sell flesh free food and the restaurants serve only meatless dishes.

 But the festival is not merely limited to Chinatown or the Chinese-Thais. Many Thais and foreigners welcome the change to a vegetarian diet, and perhaps one restaurant in five will offer vegetarian dishes only. In fact, some tourists have been known to plan their visits to Thailand during the vegetarian festival.

Thailand’s Bizarre Vegetarian Festival.

This is probably one of the best times to visit the country if you are not a beachcomber, even though it does fall within the rainy season. Just take an umbrella with you. The food offered at this time of year is as good as any cuisine that Asia has to offer. If you want to participate on the vegetarian festival Phuket maybe via a walk on fire, a run on fire or maybe a ladder climb on razorblades you are welcome, to give you a idea look here and on video 41 in the video section.


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