Date: 15-23 October 2012. Phuket Vegetarian Festival has become world renowned for its food and its curious religious rites. Held during the 9th Chinese lunar month, typically September or October, the vegetarian festival spans the first nine days of the lunar month.
During that time, Buddhists of Chinese descent follow a strict vegetarian diet, wear white clothing, and observe a set of rules that are intended to purify their bodies and minds.
Around Phuket, in addition to large flags hung in honor of the event, nine lanterns are lit up and placed aloft on 'ko teng' poles to symbolize the presence of the deities throughout the festival. On the last day, there is a 'koi han' ceremony to exorcize ill fortune, and a finally a farewell ceremony for the deities at night. Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world from good news reported by the press; and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based-Total Knowledge based-programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.
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