The Pattaya Vegetarian Festival turns back up the heat after a quiet event in 2017, kicking off Oct. 8 in Naklua.
Last year’s festival intentionally was a bit blander than normal, with organizers cutting out entertainment during the end of the royal mourning period.
This year’s 10-day event will return to normal at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation, starting with a ceremony to invite the Chinese gods to the party on kickoff day.
A parade starting at 2:29 p.m. will snake its sway through Naklua and Pattaya, passing Wuthi Kha Watsadu, Sukhumvit Road, Sawangfa Road, Naklua New Market, the Old Market, Lan Po Public Park and to Pattaya Beach where a ceremony will be held to honor Kiew Hong Huk Jow, the Nine Emperor Gods and Bodhisattva.
On Oct. 9 more Emperor Gods’ ceremonies kick off at 7:19 a.m. while the Keng Ju Team will chant and perform an incense walk in the evening.
On Oct. 11 “Kee Yig Vegetarian Day” will see a respect ceremony in the morning and the Keng Ju chanting in the evening.
Following days will see more of the same, with the additional of ceremonies to spare animals, encourage exercise and an early Loy Krathong commemoration.
On Oct. 16 the annual ceremony to pay respect to the dead who have no relatives to care for their graves will take place with chanting by Chinese monks and burning paper clothes and paper oblations to dedicate to the dead.
The closing parade takes place Oct. 18 at 6:19 a.m.
For more information, call 038-221-380.