This year I chose to go very early - to watch the preparation before it became busy - this was Bang Neow Shrine in Phuket Town.
It was beautiful and certainly something to be witnessed - these are the sedans for carrying the Chinese Effigy.
The Pole was being prepared in front of the Shrine - cleaning off the papers that were stuck there previously and paint.
Once clean the rope was prepared for them to pull it up.
Then there was some movement in the shrine
Then I saw that Lee Loh Chia was inside the shrine performing something.
Obviously something important and special.
Then it was time to light the 'old wood'.
Then to prepare the main sedan.
Then the fire was brought out.
There were a lot of sedans here.
The roads were being decorated
There was more decoration going up in around the Surin Circle.
Previous pole raising
1) Vegetarian Festival 2012 - Warrior Propitiation and Pole Raising
2) Vegetarian Festival 2014 - Pole Raising
3) Vegetarian Festival 2014 - Pole Preparation
4) Vegetarian Festival 2013 - Pole Lowering