Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2015 (outline)


Here is an outline of some of the events during the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 
- thank you to Phuket.com


Lantern Pole Raising - Monday 12 October, 2015

The first major event of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is the Lantern Pole Raising Ceremony. The Lantern Pole is supposed to attract the 36,000 gods of the Chinese pantheon. All the shrines involved in the festival in Phuket will raise the Lantern Pole on 12 October 2015, between 16:00 and 17:45 (depending on each shrine).


Processions in Phuket Town

Thu 15 Oct: Sapam Shrine - Street procession in Phuket Town from 07:00
Fri 16 Oct: Samkong Shrine - Street procession in Phuket Town from 07:19
Sat 17 Oct: Ban Tha Rua Shrine - Street procession in Phuket Town from 07:30
Sun 18 Oct: Bang Neow Shrine - Street procession in Phuket Town from 07:00
Mon 19 Oct: Jui Tui Shrine - Street procession in Phuket Town from 07:19
Tue 20 Oct: Kathu and Yokkekeng shrines - Street procession in Phuket Town from 07:00
Wed 21 Oct: Sui Boon Tong Shrine - Street procession in Phuket Town from 07:00


Fire Walking Ceremonies

Sun 18 Oct: Jui Tui Fire Walking at Saphan Hin - 20:09
Sun 18 Oct: Fire Walking at Sui Boon Tong Shrine - 21:00
Sun 18 Oct: Fire Walking at Ban Tha Rua Shrine - 20:00
Sun 18 Oct: Fire Walking at Yokkekeng Shrine - 20:00
Sun 18 Oct: Fire Walking at Sapam Shrine - 21:00
Tue 20 Oct: Fire Walking at Bang Neow Shrine - 21:00
Tue 20 Oct: Fire Walking at Samkong Shrine - 20:00
Tue 20 Oct: Fire Walking at Cherng Talay Shrine - 20:09
Wed 21 Oct: Fire Walking at Kathu Shrine - 15:00


Other Notable Ceremonies

Mon 19 Oct: Bladed-ladder climbing at Bang Neow Shrine - 20:00
Mon 19 Oct: Bladed-ladder climbing at Samkong - 20:00
Mon 19 Oct: Oil bathing and tying children's wrist at Ban Tha Rua Shrine - 20:45
Mon 19 Oct: Bladed-ladder climbing at Cherng Talay Shrine - 19:59
Mon 19 Oct: Nail bridge crossing at Sapam Shrine - 20:00


The Last Day of the Festival - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

On the last day of the festival, all those who strictly followed the 10 rules of the festival (read them here) will cross the bridge of purification set at each shrine. They then will be 'rewarded' with a stamp on their shirt or T-shirt as proof of their commitment. The crossing of the bridge of purification is held between 18:00 and 20:00.

The last ceremony of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is certainly the most impressive. Between 21:00 and 24:00, all shrines join a street procession in Phuket Town: the Nine Emperor Gods Farewell. Each shrine involved in the festival has an Emperor God. The latest procession aims to accompany them to Saphan Hin, from where they will leave Phuket.