( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2016-10-23 08:40:49 )
Original from Chinese "The Nine Emperor Gods Festival", is the nine days Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. This festival is occured in many country, mostly in Southest Asia, like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar.
In Thailand, this festival is called "Kin Jeh". During a period of nine days, those who are participating in the festival dress all in white and eat only vegetable, but avoid the strong smell, such as Garlic, Onion, Lhukgyo, Kuicheai and Tobacco. People observing the festival should abstain from eating meat and animal oil. They can have their vegetarian meals either at home or, preferably, at one of the Chinese temples. The meals at the temples are provided free. but most people make a donation and have their name registered first.
"Kin Jeh" festival spread in every province in thailand, but are at highest in Phuket, because about 35% of population is Thai-Chinese race.
In accordance with the Phuket traditions, many religious devotees will perform ritualized mutilation upon themselves and one another while under "Khao Song" state. this state is like Chinese god give the power to do many impossible things, like Implaling through cheeks, arms chest, tongue with sword, or walking on red hot charcoal road.
To make this event widely known domestically and internationally and to encourage people to join in the unique ceremonies, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting both local people and visitors from all over the world to travel to around Thailand and see how these amazing celebrations differ from location to location and how many Thai people have kept the traditions of their forbears alive.
To try some of the vegan food being prepared during the festival, people should look out for the yellow flags and signs with Chinese characters written in red. This lets you know that vegan food is being sold, for the nine days of the event.
Traveler can join Kin Jeh festival in many province of Thailand:
Bangkok: In the Thai capital, visitors can be mesmerised by a spectacular procession of floral floats and divine images that marks the grand opening of the festival along Yaowarat Road in Bangkok’s Chinatown. There is also a colourful ceremony to choose a local girl to represent Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy. The Yaowarat vegetarian festival showcases the traditional vegetarian diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and gives the chance to do some merit-making with the locals.
Phuket: This has to be the most famous and certainly most picturesque vegetarian festival in the land. It is often called the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Two important gods: Yok Ong Hong Tae and Kiew Ong Tai Tae are invited to come down temporarily from heaven to grace the opening ceremony. Most extraordinary are the celebrants themselves, who work themselves into a trance-like state and perform awe-inspiring acts such as bathing in hot oil, walking on fire, piercing their cheeks with spears or blades, and climbing ladders of swords. The celebrations are to be held from 1 – 9 October, 2016. This is a very popular event, so if you’d like to see it, remember to book accommodation in advance.
Chon Buri (Pattaya): As usual, the Vegetarian Festival will be at its liveliest around the Sawang Boriboon Foundation in Na Klua district, about a 30-minute drive from Pattaya city centre. Highlights of the event include the display of a special vegan dish, fried on a massive frying pan and then given out to the public. There is also a procession to invite the gods and goddess to the foundation’s Chinese shrine. Participants are required to wear white during the entire ceremony.
Nakhon Sawan: This is one of the Kingdom’s most colourful Vegetarian Festivals and centres around Chao Por-Chao Mae Na Pha Shrine, in Pak Nam Pho, in Nakhon Sawan’s Mueang district. A special ritual is held to worship the sacred God and Goddess according to the Chinese beliefs. The province is inviting local and foreign travellers to join the festival, taste healthy vegetarian food and to make merit with the locals, for all nine days of the celebrations.
Samut Songkram: The celebration is set to take place at Naja Tai Zue Iea Gong, in Samut Songkram province and will last for ten days from 30 September – 9 October. During the event, visitors can get a special passport and map of the nine shrines of the city’s guardian spirits. They can get walk around all the shrines to make merit to earn a symbolic goddess coin that will bring them good luck for the rest of the year.