The tradition was born in 1825 where a touring Opera group from China fell sick whilst performing in the area. The illness was a potentially fatal one.
The group submitted to follow a strict 10-day cleansing regime of only vegetarian or vegan food, abstinence from other substances, such as alcohol, as well as performing sacred worshipping rituals to the Nine Emperor Gods. The group overcame the illness and hence continued the tradition of thanking the Gods to this day.
This year the extravagant festival hasn’t disappointed, bringing back all the excitement, colour, firecrackers, body piercings and fantastic vegetarian food that one could have hoped to witness. It’s been an eventful week on our paradise island Phuket.
Phuket Tourism officials revealed that this year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival is expected to generate over 3.4 billion Thai Baht in revenue.