Connect with us

Phuket

One billion firecrackers, one billion baht

Published

 on 

PHUKET CITY: Tonight marks the end of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2004, when believers will bid farewell to thousands of Chinese warrior gods as they return to their celestial realm.

Sending them on their way at 10 pm will be the explosions of no fewer than a billion firecrackers, according to the official Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) guide to the festival.

The center of activity will be Lan Nawamin Square on Phuket Rd. The road will be blocked all the way from there to Saphan Hin for the festivities.

Suwalai Pinpradab, Director of the TAT Region 4 Office in Phuket, said this year’s festival has been a great success, with more tourists than ever attending, both from other parts of Thailand and from abroad.

She estimated the income generated by the event at 1 billion baht – or one baht for each of tonight’s firecrackers.

“We have had [ethnic Chinese] from Malaysia and Singapore coming in big groups to make merit at Chinese shrines and take part in other activities. Hotel occupancy rates in Phuket Town reached 100% over the last four days.”

Greater awareness of the festival in those countries and increased availability of package tours was largely responsible for the dramatic numbers, she said

Following the departure of the deities at about midnight, believers will spend the night reveling in the activities that they have denied themselves over the past 11 days – eating meat, drinking alcohol and, perhaps, with luck, a little intercourse.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand17 mins ago

UPDATE: Woman who allegedly abused a soldier is a police officer

Kanchanaburi28 mins ago

Police shoot and kill major drug trafficker in Kanchanaburi

Tourism39 mins ago

Thailand’s CCSA talk tourist stats, visas on arrival and home isolation

Thailand46 mins ago

RTN’s ocean conservation activity accused of spoiling ecosystem

Chon Buri1 hour ago

Ferocious cobra bites rescuer’s girlfriend in Chon Buri

Thailand2 hours ago

Angry tourists demand refunds from tour operators in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand3 hours ago

Motorbike taxi driver saves teenager from suicide in eastern Thailand

South4 hours ago

UPDATE: BRN insurgents admits to Deep South bombings

Crime4 hours ago

Alleged kidnapper arrested, girl reunited with parents after months

Cannabis4 hours ago

New govt bill on cannabis hopes to clear blurred lines in Thailand

Crime4 hours ago

Famous Thai actress “Pinky” jailed for Forex-3D scam, denied bail

Chon Buri5 hours ago

Father tragically drowns while fishing in Chon Buri pond

Crime5 hours ago

South African’s life sentence reduced to 33 years for drug trafficking in Thailand

Thailand5 hours ago

PM’s office is one of Thailand’s top advertising spenders

What you get for $X6 hours ago

What $500,000 buys you for a condo in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, and Bangkok

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending