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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 ends tomorrow

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 ends tomorrowTomorrow, Sunday 13th October 2013, will be the 9th and final day of parades and events for this year’s vegetarian festival.  For those wishing to view the last day of this event and its rituals below is some information and full details of what to expect at the various participating shrines around the island.

The Ceremonial Bridge-Crossing Ritual (Koi Harn)
The ritual takes place on the ninth day of the festival, just before the Farewell Ritual that sends the gods back to the heaven. The main idea of devotees crossing the bridge is believed to be cleansed from impurities and misfortunes that may fall upon them. Once crossing the bridge, a red stamp of the Nine Emperor Gods’ seal (or imperial seal) will be stamped at the back of the devotees to signify that they are purified from sins and calamities that might happen to them.

The Farewell Ritual
The Vegetarian Festival or the Nine Emperor Gods Festival culminates in the farewell ritual for the Jade Emperor and the Nine Emperor Gods on the evening of the ninth and last day, and comes to close with sending off the Kiu Ong at midnight back to the heaven.

The ritual is divided into 2 parts: the Jade Emperor is bade farewell at the lantern pole in the shrines’ yards by burning the paper palace for the Jade emperor; then the Nine Emperors are sent off at a body of water, mainly conduct close to the sea – Saphan Hin or river, with a huge heap of gold paper and multi-colored “imperial” paper costumes.

October 13, 2013 (The last day of the festival)

KATHU SHRINE
05.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
15.00 Fire Walking
16.00 Food Offering to Warriors
18.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
19.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
24.00 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

JUI TUI SHRINE
15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
18.09 Propitiation of Gods
23.09 Jade Emperor Farewell
23.45 Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell at Saphanhin

BANG NEOW SHRINE
15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
17.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
22.00 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

BAN THA RUE SHRINE
17.30 Food Offering to Warriors
20.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE
07.00 Street Procession in Phuket Town
20.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
21.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
23.45 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

LIM HU TAI SU SHRINE (SAMKONG)
05.30 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
15.09 Food Offering to Warriors
19.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
23.09 Jade Emperor Farewell
24.00 Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE
15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
18.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
19.30 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
22.00 Jade Emperor Farewell
22.30 Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell at Surin Beach

YOK KE KENG SHRINE
07.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
15.30 Food Offering to Warriors
20.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification and Jade Emperor Farewell
23.45 Nine Emperor Gods

SAPAM SHRINE
19.45 Bridge Crossing for Purification
22.45 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

BANGKOO SHRINE
08.00 Street Procession in Sapam and Bangkoo Villages
16.00 Food Offering to Warriors
19.30 Fire Walking
21.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
23.00 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

JANG ONG SHRINE
16.30 Food Offering to Warriors
17.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
23.30 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Farewell

TAE GUN TAI TAE SHRINE (BAN PASAK)
16.30 Food Offering to Warriors
18.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
20.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
23.15 Jade Emperor Propitiation Farewell
24.15 Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

GIM TSU ONG SHRINE (BAN DON)
15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
18.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
21.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
23.15 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell at Naiyang Beach

CHOOR SU GONG NAKA SHRINE
16.45 Food Offering to Warriors
20.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
23.00 Jade Emperor Propitiation Farewell

TAE GUN SHRINE (BAN NABON)
15.00 Food Offering to Warriors
20.00 Bridge Crossing for Purification
22.30 Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell at Chalong Bay

SHENG LENG TONG SHRINE (MUANG MAI)
06.30/19.45 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
15.30 Food Offering to Warriors
18.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
23.00 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell

NGOR HIAN SHRINE (BAN KIAN)
07.45 Street Procession in Ban Kian Village
15.45 Food Offering to Warriors
21.45 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell at Nai Yang Beach

HAI YIAN GENG SHRINE (BAN MAI KAO)
08.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
15.30 Food Offering to Warriors
18.00 Worship and Propitiation of Gods
20.30 Bridge Crossing for Purification
22.30 Jade Emperor and Nine Emperor Gods Propitiation Farewell at Nai Yang Beach



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