This evening, many temples have been busy with people listening to sermons and performing the candle ceremony known as wian tian (wian=circle; tian=candle) Holding flowers, incense and a lighted candle, Buddhists walk clockwise around the main bot of the temple. This is done three times."
It is also referred to as the Buddhist Day of Love.
It was a very early start for me this morning - up at 5:15 am and ready to run at 6 a.m.
This was the Vichit Fun - I have to admit I was a little worried when I left because it was so dark BUT the temple was busy with people waiting AND so many children.
I started off quite easily and found it quite entertaining but could not keep up with some of the children who were also on the Fun Run. I ran quicker than in the previous Fun Run and it was easier but NO i could not say that it was enjoyable...
It was very generous of the organisers to give all participants a medal - see you again.
A Swede diesin a tower in Patong - alone - and there is no risky business because the police did not find anything - reading the text attached - did they look? Then there are two more 'natural' deaths?
The police warned bars that there would be a clamp down on the opening times of bars - but some did not listen ? - and were fined.
After putting my feet down after Christmas and New Year my feet are suddenly wrenched up by the oncoming Chinese New Year celebrations...
The festival will take place on the streets of Old Phuket Town and Queen Sirikit Park from February 8 to 10 and will feature day and night activities.
From 7pm to 10pm daily, performers from Suining City, China, will entertain visitors on the “walking streets” of Thalang and Phang Nga roads along with local food and products, “walking performances”, exhibitions, local games and much more.
An image of the Chinese goddess Guan Yin will be temporarily enshrined in Queen Sirikit Park during the festival. Also enshrined will be items representing the goddess provided by Guangde Temple in Suining City, Sechuan Province – Guan Yin’s hometown.
Local people will be able to pay homage to the image and offer items to welcome good luck for the coming year.
Other activities to pay respect to the Chinese goddess will be in the form of a “pilgrim tour” on a local bus (songtaew). From 9am to 5pm daily during the festival, a 99-baht tour will take pilgrims to nine famous shrines in Phuket Town to pay respect to Guan Yin. Those wishing to take part in the tour can contact the Phuket TAT at 076-212213.