World Reviewer rating

Not yet rated

Jay Festival

Listed under Food Festivals in Thailand.

Photo of Jay Festival
Photo by Mark Wiens
Pin It

To this day, after the water throwing Songkran festival, the vegetarian festival in Thailand which is known asTesagan Gin Jay (or just the Jay Festival) is one of Thailand’s largest events.

The most concentrated festival takes place in Phuket where there is a high concentration of Chinese, though there are also plenty of other celebrations throughout the country.

It all started about 150 years ago when a group of Chinese opera performers headed south and eventually found themselves in Thailand.

Upon performing their art on the island of Phuket, an epidemic stream of illness swept across the group. They eventually came to the realization that they had become sick because they had not worshipped or shown respect to the nine emperor gods from the Chinese Daoist belief.

In order to make up for their blunder, they decided to not only eat vegetarian, but to attempt to remain pure for the first nine days of the ninth lunar month. They vowed to not kill anything, not hurt anyone, refrain from lying or cheating, and eat strictly vegetarian food.

Read more on Gobackpacking.

Written by  Mark Wiens.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

    Canada has a contender for the title of Best Octoberfest in North America, and this one has a theme song as well, promising the…

  • Great American Beer Festival

    People come from all over the world for the three days of this event - which doesn't sound like it gives enough opportunity to …

  • Gäubodenvolksfest

    Straubing's Gäubodenvolksfest is Oktoberfest's younger sibling. It was founded in 1812 as a festival of the agricultural of th…

Nearby Experiences

  • Vegetarian Jay Festival

    Around 150 years ago there was a group of Chinese opera performers that traveled to Thailand. On their journey they became ver…

  • Sailing the Andaman Sea

    Thailand’s coast and the Andaman Sea which runs along it is another good family sailing destination, lots of small islands to l…

  • Surin Beach

    Surin Beach proclaims itself ‘high end; and ‘millionaire’s row’, a string of expensive resorts hug the warm sand and turquoise …

Related links

Contribute to this page