The yellow flags have been risen all across the island in honour of the upcoming Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Without a doubt the most anticipated annual event, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes place from the 1st to the 9th of October 2016. Throughout the nine days of the festival, the island comes alive with many activities and events showcasing the deep rooted Thai-Chinese traditions of the festival.


During the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, we recommend you visit a Chinese shrine, sample some of the local Thai vegetarian food and take in one of the interesting processions that parade through Phuket’s Old Town.


The history of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 

In 1825, a traveling opera company came from China to perform for the many tin miners in the Kathu district of Phuket. Quite suddenly, the entire company grew sick from unknown circumstances. The company then decided to stick to a strict vegetarian diet to honour two of the Chinese emperor gods, Kiew Ong Tai Teh and Yok Ong Sone Teh. The sickness that had been affecting the entire opera company suddenly subsided.


IMG_0786-1The local people living in Phuket’s Kathu district were very interested in how quickly the vegetarian diet healed the opera company and they were curious to know how it was done. The answer given was that ritual vegetarianism and its ceremonies had been the cause of the members of the opera company healing quickly. The local people embraced this belief enthusiastically, and the first Phuket Vegetarian Festival was held in the ninth lunar month of that year.


Celebrate the Phuket Vegetarian Festival with Santosa Detox and Wellness Center

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a wonderful time to be in Phuket and the festival truly is a local favourite. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a perfect time to consider a detox or abstain from eating meat as well as indulging in other detrimental behaviours. The rules of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival highlight such things as abstaining from alcohol, refraining from eating meat and behaving both physically and mentally.


Although there is no lack of vegetarian food in Phuket, especially during the Vegetarian Festival, during the first week of October would be a great time to stop by our innovative restaurant and try a number of the delicious items from our vegan menu. We also offer a vegan buffet every Wednesday and Saturday evening that is excellent value, and introduces a wide variety of dishes that are not only good for you, but fresh and tasty by the way of utilizing fresh, local ingredients.


Interested in learning more?

If you are interested in learning more about a vegetarian or vegan diet or the wide array of detox and wellness programs we offer here at our serene center in Phuket, simply fill out the inquiry form. A dedicated member of staff will get back to you as soon as they can and answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa Detox and Wellness Center located near Kata Beach in the southern tropics of Thailand.

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