is held from the first through the ninth
nights of the ninth Chinese lunar month; that is, in September or October.
It was first celebrated in 1825, when a troupe of actors enacted
these rites toward off a plague. Vegetarian food is eaten by participants
and white clothes worn during the period of the fest. Selfmutilization
is practiced by those whose bodies become the temporary residence of powerful
gods. Parades of worshippers brave fireworks while carrying images through
the street; others walk on fire or climb bladed ladders. Participants
number in the thousands.The whole forms one of the most bizarre festivals
in Thailand. Por Tor Festival
Por Tor Festival
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. This is done because turtles live to great age and
it is believed that by making such offering worshippers may extend the
length of their lives. It is an important merit-making festival.
Thao Thep Krasatri-Thao
Festival is held on 13 Macrh yearly in memory
of the two heroines who led the defense of the island against the Burmese
is held on Songkran, the nationwide Thai
water festival, on April 13. It is also the National Fisherman's Day.
Baby turtles are released into the sea at various locations.
Chao Le Boat Floating
falls during the middle of the sixth and
eleventh lunar months yearly. The fest is held at the Chao Le, or Sea
Gipsy, villages in Phuket. The Rawai and Sapam villages hold their ceremonies
on the 13th; Sire village celebrates on the 14th; and the village at Laem
La (east of the bridge on Phuket's northern tip) celebrates on the 15th.
Ceremonies, which center around the setting adrift of small boats similar
to the Thai Festival of Loy Krathong, are held at night and their purpose
is to drive away evil and to bring good luck. Fingernail clipping and
strands of hair are put in the little boats before being released, along
with little dolls fashioned from wood. Afterwards, the villagers perform
their famous dance round their own boats, called the Ram Rong Ngeng.
is usually called the Patong Carnival in
English according to from the place where celebrations occur, and is held
on November 1. There are many stalls with merchandise and food, parades,
sports event, and a beauty competition for foreign tourists. The fest
is held to cement solidarity among the government, the private business
sector, and the people
King's Cup Regatta
was first held in 1987 in honour of His
Majesty's 60th birthday. The King of Thailand is a noted boating enthusiast
and yachts come from around the world to participate in the competition,
which is the largest and most popular in Southeast Asia. It is held yearly
on the anniversary of His Majesty's birthday, 5 December. Site of the
regatta is Nai Han Bay.
Laguna Phuket Triathlon
This annual year end event sees the world's
top triathletes and hundreds of amateurs competing for prize money and
placing on the world triathlon circuit. The course, which includes swimming,
bicycling, and running through the beautiful natural surroundings of Laguna
Phuket in Tambon Choeng Thale, takes from two-and-a-half to five hours