Earlier in the morning of October 16th 2012, the second day of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, the very first ceremonial parade took place at the at the Choor Hoor Su Gong (Naka) Shrine, following the 150 year old tradition.
The parade commenced at the shire on New-Dawrung Road in the Vichit district, and continued on to Chao Fha Market, Yeetang Complex Junction, Muang Phuket School through to Sapan Hin. The parade then took a new route back to the shrine via the Surin Circle, Suriyadate Circle on to the shrine.
The parade featured a number of spirit-horses, both men and women, and saw the use of many materials, the most ironic being the bodies of the spirit-horses.
At the time of the parade there was rain, but that didn’t deter the large number of tourists and Phuket people who turned out to follow the parade and pay homage to the gods. The whole of Phuket Town was full of the sound of fire crackers being let off.
Today’s parade, the third day of the festival, saw a parade set of from Kuan Tae Kun (Sapam) Shrine.
Tomorrow, the fourth day will see a parade head off from Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine (Samkong) into Phuket Town at around 7.20am.