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Annual Patong Carnival
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Annual Patong Carnival : Phuket, Thailand

The Annual Patong Carnival on Phuket kicks off on November 1 with a busy three-day schedule of displays and activities. The Carnival has become known for its sensational costumes and lively atmosphere, and is a favourite event with visitors who like to absorb the diverse delights of the island whilst on vacation.

Each year, the Patong Festival marks the beginning of Thailand’s peak tourism season. The main events will be concentrated along Patong’s famous Bangla Road, down Soi Praisanee and Soi Dr Wattana. The Thai Seafood Sensation Zone will offer a feast of traditional dishes, in addition to an array of other Asian cuisines including Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean and Chinese, so visitors will be spoilt for culinary choice. The “Global Tastes Seafood Zone” will offer a platter of international options, while the “Local Way Zone” will focus on local street food and Thai cuisine.

The activities included in the official Patong Carnival will be separated into different areas, including the Entertainment Zone where visitors will be able to enjoy live music and cultural performances.

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Loy Kratong Festival
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Loy Krathong Festival : Thailand

Loi Krathong is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand and in nearby countries with significant southwestern Tai cultures (Laos, Shan, Mon, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as “to float a basket,” and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, thus the exact date of the festival changes every year. In the Western calendar this usually falls in the month of November.

In Thailand, the festival is known as “Loi Krathong”. Outside Thailand, this festival is celebrated under different names, including Myanmar as the “Tazaungdaing festival”, Sri Lanka as “Il Full Moon Poya” and Cambodia as “Bon Om Touk”.

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival
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Phuket Vegetarian Festival : Thailand

In Thailand, The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is called thetsakan kin che, the Vegetarian Festival. It is celebrated throughout the entire country, but the festivities are at their height in Phuket, where about 35% of the population is Thai Chinese. It attracts crowds of spectators because of many of the unusual religious rituals that are performed.

In accordance with the traditions, many religious devotees will perform ritualized mutilation upon themselves and one another while under a trance-like state, including but not limited to: impaling through cheeks, arms, face, legs, back etc., with everything from as small as syringes to as large as is agreed upon between all members; partial skinning (the skin is not removed, just cut and flipped over); slashing of limbs, chest, stomach and especially tongue with swords, axes and knives; bloodletting; removal of tissue (normally limited to cysts) and intentionally wrapping or standing near fire crackers as they are lit.

This is done without anesthetic, always inside or near the temples surrounded by other devotees with only iodine, petroleum jelly and surgical gloves as precautionary measures. Despite this scenario, many of the people performing the rituals are also the people who will care for many of the people in their recovery.

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