Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2020  
 Known as:   Nine Emperor Gods Festival เฉลิมฉลองของพระราชาธิราชทั้ง 9  
 Description:   Phuket Vegetarian Festival is the annual nine-day event, celebrated by the Chinese Hokkien descendants across the island for the purposes of physical well-being, spiritual cleansing, merit-making, conferring good luck in the future, and ensuring prosperity and long life.
In 1825, when Phuket inhabited mostly by Chinese miners, the unnamed epidemic was spreading in Kathu Town and caused several deaths. Among many patients, some of them were the members of an opera troupe from China.
In hope of finding a cure, the Chinese opera troupe started and led the locals to abstain from eating meat and prayed to the Jade Emperor God and the Nine Emperor Gods for a period of 9 days and 9 nights, as they used to practice during the ninth Chinese lunar month when they were in China.
Consequently, members of an opera troupe recovered their health afterwards and caused great curiosity to the locals. The practicing then widely accepted in Chinese community on the island and passed down from generation to generation until present day.
Celebrations are taking place at all 25 shrines across the island. Some of the biggest celebrations are held at Bang Neow Shrine, Jui Tui Shrine, Kathu Shrine and Sui Boon Tong Shrine.
Those who are possessed by the gods (The Spirit mediums) will start a parade from different shrines to Kua Tian Keng Sapan Hin Shrine. During the parade, the possessed ones are all dressed up in Chinese customs to represent which gods have entered them and the most fascinating thing is that they piece their cheeks with swords or needles before the parade.
Running across a bed of burning coals, climbing an 8-metre ladder made of sharp blades, and body piercing are made to invoke the gods and becoming mediums of those gods.
Men and women puncture their cheeks with sharp items, including knives and skewers. It's believed that the Chinese gods will protect them from harm, resulting in little blood or scarring.
 Province   Phuket  Direction:      
 District   Phuket    
 City   na  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Festival      Related links:   https://www.hotels.c  
 Best exposure   AM/PM            
 Opening time   Festival schedule          
 Entry fee   Free     GPS :   N/A    
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  Bang Liao Shrine
at Night
Bang Liao Shrine Fire
Bang Liao Shrine
  Jui Tui Shrine
Kathu Shrine Fire
Kathu Shrine
  Kathu Shrine
Procession in town
Sui Boon Tong Shrine
Tai Seng Pud Jor Shrine
  Yok Ke Keng Shrine
Vegetarian Festival
Food Fair

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