On August 17th 2010, Teerayuth Aiumtrakul, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over a meeting to discuss about preparation for the 2010 Vegetarian Festival. Those who attended at the meeting were Tawichart Intarit, Head of Phuket Cultural Office; Prasert Pakthongpon, the president of Phuket Shrine Association; representatives from Chinese shrines around the island, government officers, and representatives from private sectors.
Teerayuth said that Phuket would host its famous annual Vegetarian Festival during October 8th-16th this year. Therefore this meeting was held to discuss about preparation for the event in different aspects including activities in shrines, traffic management, security management, and Emergency Medical Services or E.M.S. The meeting also reiterated that the mediums of gods and goddess should not do anything too ‘horrible’ with the weapon piercing etc in the processions. People also needed to be careful using firecrackers. This year the firecrackers would be only be allowed in the procession. Moreover, the government will also be strict on the entrepreneurs so they do not take advantage of tourists during the festival. Any tourists facing problems could call the government’s hotline 1569.
Sign boards, vinyl banners and ‘Japanese’ type flags used to publicize the festival, have to be in the same style and properly installed for pleasant sight. For this year, there will be also vinyl banners at Sarasin Bridge to welcome and promote the festival to the public and tourists.
Prasert Pakthongpon said the Phuket Shrine Association will hold a special chanting ceremony as a tribute to HM the King on the second day of the festival which falls on October 9th this year. It will start from 5pm onwards at Saphan Hin. The association asks those who would like to participate at the ceremony to dress in white.