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Holidays and Festivals in September


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First Weekend in September
Boat Race

Boats from the whole country participate in this famous boat race on the Nan River in Phichit (south of Phitsanulok), central Thailand. The long, slim wooden boats are equipped with about 20 rowers who can reach an impressive speed.
Nowadays there are boat races in many other cities as well.
First Week in September
Food and Fruit Fair

The first week in September is full of festive activities in Nakhon Pathom, west of Bangkok, “food” being the main subject. Among the highlights of the fair is an award for the best arrangements of Chinese dishes, fruit eating competitions, a pig race and the election of Miss Nakhon Pathom.
In September/October
Vegetarian Festival

On the first day during the ninth month of the lunar calendar the nine-day vegetarian festival is celebrated in Phuket, southern Thailand. During this time, local Chinese people eat vegetarian food and there are numerous ceremonies in many temples, and a large procession through the town with fireworks on the last day.

One of the most interesting  ceremonies is in Put Jaw temple in Ranong Road/corner Soi Phoo Thon. You can marvel at believers walking barefoot on hot coals and climbing up ladders  with sharp blades on the rungs.   
In September/October
Vegetarian Festival at Takua Pa Old Town

Also on the first day during the ninth month of the lunar calendar the nine-day vegetarian festival is celebrated in Takua Pa, Phang Nga province, in southern Thailand.
This festival was created and performed for the first time more than 150 years ago. It is a purely local festival. Foreigners are warmly welcomed by the local people and should respect the local customs, e.g. wearing a white shirt and trousers.
The local mediums, female and highly respected, will bless every family and their house. They perform the same ceremonies for bystanders who get the protection of the deities of whom these women represent.
The participants of these spectacular processions come from the surrounding villages and bring their deities with them in palanquins that are rocked and twisted by means of special step patterns.

For pictures of this ear-torturing festival please click here.
In September/October
Vegetarian Festival at Khuk Khak

Even in the small village of Khuk Khak, just north of the tourist beaches of Khao Lak, the Vegetarian Festival is performed in full tradition, including a fire walk at the end. Tourists in white clothes are very welcome. They will be amazed to see some of their resort staff practicing as  highly revered mediums.

For pictures of this impressive festival please click here.

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