Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2018 | Thailand, Dates , Venues & Tickets

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2018

Where:   Phuket, Thailand
When:    Monday, October 8, 2018 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Details are subject to change by the organizers, for final event location & dates, check "Event related information" section below.
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Read more at: https://www.phuket.com/phuket-magazine/phuket-vegetarian-festival-calendar.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001
Every year, on the first day of the 9th lunar month (Chinese calendar, usually in October). The Vegetarian Festival is held in Phuket's island. In contrary to regular, the idea of Vegetarian Festival means otherwise in Thailand:

 

The start of the festival is a fast and purification period, when meat and alcohol are forbidden. The purification is made by asceticism and self torture. The nine days begin with believers' parades. The participants wear white cloths and pray to their gods for safe holiday period.
On the evening between the sixth and the seventh day, lot of hot cinder congeries can be seen all around with excited believers that run on it.
 
On the next day (the seventh) the believers climb on ladders made of knifes' blades that injure the believers' feet which are already burned from the previous evening.

During the festival, accommodation may be scarce owing to higher demands , therefore it is advisable to check accommodation prices and make reservations ahead of time. 
 
The climaxes of the festival are parades that are held all over the city where the celebrators stab big iron spits into their cheeks.
 
This is the way to purification according to Phuket's residents who carry on the tradition since 1825.

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival - Thailand
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Admission fee:
 Free
Contact: 
Tourism Authority of Thailand 
1600 New Phetburi Road, 
Makkasan, Rajatevee, 
Bangkok 10310, 
Thailand 
Phone: (66) 2 2250 5500 
Fax: (66) 2 2250 5511

Phuket travel information
Dialing code: 76
Longitude: 98.4°
Latitude: 7.88333°
Thailand information address: Tourism Authority of Thailand 1600 New Phetchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathevi , Bangkok 10400, THAILAND Tel: 662 250 5500 , TAT Call Center 1672
Tourist website: www.tourismthailand.org/

Thailand country details
Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Myanmar (Burma).
Capital: Bangkok
Currency: baht (THB)
Voltage and Frequency: 220V 50Hz
Dialing country code: +66
Language: Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects.

Thailand background and overview:
A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict. Thailand is currently facing armed violence in its three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]
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