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Vegetarian Jay Festival

Listed under Traditional Festivals in Phuket, Thailand.

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Around 150 years ago there was a group of Chinese opera performers that traveled to Thailand.

On their journey they became very sick and after consulting with one another they decided they had not been faithful to the nine emperor gods of the Chinese Taoist belief.

In order to make things right, the group decided to eat a strict vegetarian diet for the first nine days of the ninth lunar month.

The “Jay Festival” as it’s known, still takes place annually. For foodies (not only vegetarians) and cultural travelers, the Thai vegetarian festival and its ceremonies are a highlight of Thailand travel.

While the vegetarian festival is most famous in southern Thailand (in Phuket specifically) there’s also widespread events and vegetarian food throughout Bangkok.

Date: End of September or early October

Read more on gobackpacking, Mark's blog.

Written by  Mark Wiens.

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