Connect with us


Vegetarian Festival in full swing



PHUKET CITY: Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2007 is well underway, with Kuan Te Kun Shrine, locally known as Sapam Shrine, this morning conducting the first of the nine street processions that are among the festival’s major highlights.

The Sapam Shrine procession started at 8 pm at Nakhon Rd, behind the Phuket City Police Station. Amidst the cacophony of firecrackers set off to drive away evil spirits, some 50 mah song (“entranced hoses” or spirit mediums) set off with their handlers on the way to Saphan Hin, the traditional end point or halfway point of all the Vegetarian Festival processions.

Crowds of onlookers, including perplexed foreign tourists, lined the streets of Phuket City to catch a glimpse of the spectacle, especially the mah song.

As in years previous, the mediums skewered their cheeks with a creative variety or implements including swords, sticks and even a long length of heavy-duty garden hose used to support a banner announcing the name Sapham Shrine.

Clean-up crews from Phuket City Municipality did a good job following the procession and cleaning up all the paper fragments left behind from the thousands of exploded firecrackers.

As in past years, Phuket City Police have warned residents that only traditional firecrackers in strips should be used in the processions.

The next street procession starts at Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine (Samkong Shrine) on Yaowarat Rd about 7 am tomorrow.

Click here for the full schedule of street processions.

For more information about the Vegetarian Festival visit the event’s official website and click on the calendar for a complete list of daily events such as fire walking, knife-blade ladder climbing – and more.

Readers with exceptional photos are invited to send them to for inclusion in the Phuket Gazette.


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:

Eastern Thailand11 hours ago

German man believed to have monkeypox briefly fled police

Thailand12 hours ago

New app to help migrant women in Thailand facing abuse

Cambodia13 hours ago

Nigerian man recovers from monkeypox, handed to Cambodian authorities

Sponsored3 days ago

The return of the most important coffee event in Thailand

World14 hours ago

Unusually heavy floods in Pakistan kill 549, thousands of homes damaged

Thailand14 hours ago

How to get the Thailand Elite Visa?

Transport15 hours ago

BTS is offering a free ride… with your mom

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok15 hours ago

Fire at Energy Ministry’s compound in Bangkok

Phuket16 hours ago

2 meth busts in Phuket this past week

Politics16 hours ago

NIDA Poll: PM Prayut should not extend term after August 24

Chon Buri18 hours ago

Mountain Pub fire: 15 victims dead, owner arrested, club uninsured

Chon Buri18 hours ago

Police transferred, safety measures enacted in wake of Mountain B fire

Bangkok19 hours ago

Bangkok taxi driver who snapped himself raping teen gets jailed

Video19 hours ago

Building a $100mil business in Thailand feat. Michael Kenner | Thaiger Podcast Ep. 1

Tourism19 hours ago

Major jump in Thailand Airbnb searches

Economy20 hours ago

Thailand’s hotels are short on workers

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