Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival will be taking place in 2012 from September 26 to October 5. This is a holiday that is celebrated in the Thailand city of Phuket. The September 26 to October 5 dates will be used because they are the first nine days out of the ninth lunar month of the year. This is according to the Chinese calendar.
This festival is a Chinese Buddhist festival devoted to purging the body and mind of all negative thoughts and items. This is all done to help with keeping the mind and body safe and to show how powerful one’s faith is. This is also referred to as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
This festival has been celebrated since the nineteenth century. The festival was started as a means of giving recognition to the Nine Emperor Gods. This was done as a response to a major health epidemic that was killing people in the city. The epidemic stopped after the first year that the festival was held and is since held at the same time of the Chinese calendar year as a means of keeping the land healthy.
People who observe the festival will wear white clothes and will avoid any meat-based products or items that come from animals. They will also avoid spices and garlic. People will also avoid vices like swearing, gambling, smoking, alcohol use and sex. People are also forbidden from telling lies.
People are often solemn during the festival. They will pray to the Nine Emperor Gods and be peaceful.
An interesting point about the Phuket Vegetarian Festival involves what happens at the final day. People will perform acts of body modification and injury as a means of exhibiting how strong their faith is. People will pierce themselves with large objects, cut themselves with sharp items and even walk over fire. This is done as a means of stating that one’s faith is strong and cannot be stopped.