Phuket on Friday, whilst the Official Start of the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket is the 1st of October this year, preparations started on Friday evening with the traditional raising of the lanterns and the long bamboo pole know in Thai as “Sao Ko Teng”.

The full schedule of events and where the parades will take place is posted here, and please stay up to date with all the events on Phuket Island Radio.

Here are a few of the pictures of the ceremony, with more in the gallery.

Vegetarian Festival in Phuket

Temple Preparation

Raising the “Sao Ko Teng” (bamboo pole.

Saturday at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The official start of The Phuket Vegetarian Festival was today, Saturday the 1st of October. Over the next nine days there will be many parades and ceremonies. On Saturday many Phuket people gathered at the various temples and taking food that has been prepared. There is a lot of organisation and many trucks delivering supplies.

Vegetarian supplies stacked up.

Everyone helps of all ages.

Phuket family preparing food.

Vegetarian Festival in Phuket 1st Parade.

Saturday arrives and the first street parade is off in Phuket Town.

They say a picture says a thousand words so here is a gallery for you to see.

Phuket Island radio will bring you all the pictures and news direct from the Vegetarian Festival all week. Stay tuned and LIKE, Follow, Tweet, Pin and Share what we are doing.