5 September 2009 – Dr Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, Minister of Science and Technology chaired the opening ceremony of Phuket’s Por Tor Festival 2009 in the afternoon of September 5 at Bansaan Fresh Market, Phuket town. The annual festival was organised by Phuket Municipality, Phuket Traders Association including other govenment agencies and private sector.
The festival draw attention from Local MP Rewat Areerob, Senator Phummisak Hongyok, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana, Govenor Wichai Praisa-ngob, Taisika Praisa-ngob President of Phuket Provincial Red Cross Chapter, locals and many tourists. Bansaan Fresh Market Por Tor Festival will be held two days during 5-6 Setember at the fresh market before people in Baan Bangniew area will carry it on from 7 to 18 September.
This is an ancestor’s festival of the ethnic Chinese that falls on the seventh Chinese lunar month, which is the same as the ninth lunar month of the Thais. Special foods, flowers and candles are presented to the ancestor’s altars. Cakes in the shape of turtles are made from flour. It is an important merit-making festival.
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Courtesy picture of Baan Bangniew’s Por Tor Festival 2005