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    Processions, Fire Walking and other Events Schedule

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    Phuket Vegetarian Festival is one of the most important events in Phuket each year. Held on the ninth moon of the ninth month of the lunar calendar, it allows you to witness out-of-the-ordinary events and gathers Phuket’s Chinese community during nine exhilarating days.

    Our Phuket Vegetarian Festival calendar of events is here to guide you through the dates and location of all of the important events – opening ceremonies, street processions in Phuket Town, fire walking, razor blade ladder climbing, closing ceremony - held during the festival at the major Chinese shrines on the island.

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  • Lantern Pole Raising - Friday 30 September 2016

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    The first major event of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is the Lantern Pole Raising Ceremony - Seng Ko Teng Thiao. 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 30 September 2016, between 15:00 and 17:45 for all shrines except for Sheng Leng Tong (which has their cermony at 07:09), with the exact time of the ceremony varying slightly for each.

    On the same day, all shrines also have the Heavenly Warriors Releasing Ritual (Parng Kun) from 15:09 to 18:30 and the Jade Emperor God and the Nine Emperor Gods Invitation Ritual from 22:00 to 24:00.

    Processions in Phuket Town

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    Mon 3 Oct: Sapam Shrine street procession from 07:00
    Tue 4 Oct: Samkong Shrine street procession from 07:19
    Wed 5 Oct: Ban Tha Rue Shrine street procession from 07:30
    Thu 6 Oct: Bang Neow Shrine street procession from 07:00
    Fri 7 Oct: Jui Tui Shrine street procession from 08:00
    Sat 8 Oct: Kathu and Yokkekeng Shrines street procession from 07:00
    Sun 9 Oct: Sui Boon Tong Shrine street procession from 07:00

    Fire Walking Ceremonies

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    Thu 6 Oct: Jui Tui Shrine Fire Walking at Saphan Hin from 20:09
    Thu 6 Oct: Fire Walking at Sui Boon Tong Shrine from 21:00
    Thu 6 Oct: Fire Walking at Ban Tha Rua Shrine from 20:00
    Thu 6 Oct: Fire Walking at Yokkekeng Shrine from 20:00
    Thu 6 Oct: Fire Walking at Sapam Shrine from 21:00
    Sat 8 Oct: Fire Walking at Bang Neow Shrine from 20:00
    Sat 8 Oct: Fire Walking at Samkong Shrine from 20:00
    Sat 8 Oct: Fire Walking at Cherng Talay Shrine from 20:09
    Sun 9 Oct: Fire Walking at Kathu Shrine from 15:00

    Other Notable Ceremonies

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    Fri 7 Oct: Bladed-ladder climbing at Bang Neow Shrine from 20:00
    Fri 7 Oct: Bladed-ladder climbing at Samkong Shrine from 20:00
    Fri 7 Oct: Oil bathing and tying children's wrist at Ban Tha Rua Shrine from 20:45
    Fri 7 Oct: Bladed-ladder climbing at Cherng Talay Shrine from 19:59
    Fri 7 Oct: Nail bridge crossing and oil bathing at Sapam Shrine from 20:00

    Last Day of the Festival - Sunday 9 October 2016

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    As the festival begins to near its end, 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 major 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.

    Finally, on Monday 10th October 2016, each shrine holds a relatively modest Lantern Pole Lowering ceremony, starting from 15:00 to 17:09.

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      • Lantern Pole raising
      • Street procession in Phuket Town
      • Fire walking ceremony
      • Nine Emperor Gods Farewell

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