PHUKET: The Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2010 officially got underway with the arrival of the new moon early this morning.
Activities to welcome down the Nine Chinese Warrior Gods from their celestial realm actually took place last night with the raising of go teng poles at participating Chinese shrines, most of which are located in or near Phuket Town.
There will be a special ceremony at the central stage area at Saphan Hin starting at 5pm tomorrow to wish health and happiness to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is the first time such an event has been held in the festival’s 185-year history.
For a list of upcoming street processions click here.
Results of the “snap poll” posted on Monday reveal that a majority (52.4%) of Phuket Gazette online readers said they were “not looking forward” to the festival.
About half this number (26.8%) said they were looking forward to it. Another 20.7% said they were indifferent because they were not in Phuket.
There was a sharp demographic divide. Some 48% those who identified themselves as Thai said they were looking forward to the festival, compared to just 25% of those who identified themselves as local foreign residents.
For the complete poll results click here.
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