Bangkok Map; Around Photos From Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

The vegetarian festival is underway, in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already, I lead maintain been eating the exceptional Jae diet for iv days forthwith as well as driving habitation in conclusion nighttime past times the Phuket Brewery I was gagging for a beer.. but component subdivision of the festival is purification, cleaning the body.. hence no beers until adjacent week.

Would lead maintain uploaded a few photos earlier, but the Gremlins struck twice this week. Our wireless mesh modem at habitation all of a precipitous stopped working, as well as then.. every bit I was taking photos at Kathu hamlet shrine on Sabbatum 17th Oct for the opening ceremony of the festival, my EOS 20D decided to **** up. I got some photos of the people every bit prayers were said, incense was burned as well as the Go Teng pole was blessed, as well as hence merely every bit I hoped to instruct some activity shots of the pole beingness raised, I got "Error 99". Won't bore you lot alongside details... looks similar a lens issue, hence the lens volition quest fixing. Oddly, it was working merely fine a couplet of days later.. but can't hold upwards 100% trusted, hence I lead maintain forthwith been as well as bought a novel 75-300 zoom which volition come across activity at the weekend!

The opening activity of the vegetarian festival is the raising of the Go Teng pole, a twenty meter high wooden pole - this happens at all the participating shrines. Later at nighttime the gods are invited to descend the poles into the shrines. So here's some pictures some the shrine merely before the pole was raised...

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

Images of the gods were beingness carried to the shrine every bit I arrived, as well as enough of people were carrying large bunches of incense to tell a prayer before the pole was raised.

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

The Go Teng pole is rather large - it's attached to ropes, as well as a long business of people were waiting to delineate piece others were waiting to aid force alongside long forked sticks. Meanwhile the pole was blessed alongside incense as well as sprinkled alongside water.

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

I imagine the guy below to hold upwards ane the "village elders". He said a in conclusion prayer at the pocket-size shrine adjacent to the pole before the pole was hoisted to the sky. It's a large slice of forest - took a piece to instruct it fixed into place... It's held steady past times a wooden peg as well as guy ropes attached to several points some the temple grounds.

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

The festival is forthwith inward sum swing - I volition instruct to at to the lowest degree ane of the street processions at the weekend, hopefully on Sabbatum (Jui Tui Shrine) as well as sun (Kathu Shrine). Been also busy this calendar week to instruct to whatever of the early on processions.

I took some other walk inward Kathu hamlet as well as into the shrine alongside my fille on Tuesday evening. This flush volition accept a walk inward Phuket town nigh Jui Tui Shrine which is a really busy expanse compared to the relatively serenity Kathu. But since Kathu is our "local" it's convenient to caput in that location to instruct some nutrient as well as photos!

It was a rather drizzly flush on Tuesday every bit nosotros headed to the village. Every twelvemonth at festival fourth dimension they erect a fancy entrance exterior the municipality offices:

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

We merely reached a footling Phad Thai stall every bit the pelting roughshod to a greater extent than heavily. Good house to halt - had a tin roof as well as tasty Phad Thai (vegetarian, of course). The owners footling babe granddaughter kept her large dark eyes on the large foreigner...

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

Next halt - fireworks. I promised to purchase some for the kids. We spent virtually 100 Baht on diverse firecrackers, fountains, pocket-size rockets etc... Guess we'll instruct some to a greater extent than today! All the really best inward inexpensive Chinese fireworks. I am careful non to permit the kids also close, but they are a bargain. Rockets for 10 Baht!

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

I notice the Chinese shrines fascinating at this fourth dimension of year. With firecrackers going off all night, everyone (almost) dressed inward white, the incense as well as rituals, it's similar some other world. Plus for a calendar week the whole expanse converges on the temple to sit down as well as lead maintain a chat. All the quondam dudes sit down on benches inward the temple. All the kids throw firecrackers outside. And I beloved all the lanterns...

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

Candles as well as incense were all the same beingness lit as well as prayers beingness said adjacent to the Go Teng pole...

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

Also exterior the shrine is the burner - a house where people privy prayer sheets as well as "money" which is to wishing practiced luck inward this life as well as the next. If anyone reading knows to a greater extent than virtually why people privy things as well as tell a prayer produce permit me know!

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

Inside the shrine, aspect enough of noise, banging drums, lots of smoke from the incense, if you lot are visiting crusade to proceed out of the means of the locals who wishing to pray. Oh as well as clothing properly if you lot see a shrine. It's non the beach. My fille as well as I watched ane of the Ma Song every bit he said prayers within piece kids banged away at drums as well as a dark flag was waved some his body. It's inward the shrine where the spirits of the gods are said to movement into the bodies of the Ma Song. This guy (with no shirt, come across photograph below) seemed quite exhausted when he finally left the altar. It's all quite intense as well as is sure enough no show. I mean, if it's a show, who's it for?!

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival

I hope to hold upwards at street processions on Sabbatum as well as Sunday, addition notice fourth dimension for some firewalking somewhere inward the adjacent few days. Work does instruct inward the way, though! For now, hither are some tasty saltation rolls (vegetarian).

 in that location lead maintain been a couplet of the street processions inward Phuket Town already Bangkok Map; Some Photos from Kathu Shrine - Vegetarian Festival
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