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    Pattaya Vegetarian Festival 10th until 20th October

    Preparations for Vegetarian Festival


    Every year in October a Vegetarian Festival is held in many provinces in Thailand for a period of 10 days.

    The event is a religious festival of Chinese origin. The Sawang Boriboon Foundation Pattaya organized this event for the first time in Pattaya in 1947. Every year, market vendors and Thai people would take part as making merit by not eating meat.

    A meeting on this topic was held at City Hall on 23rd August to discuss preparations for this year, and it was agreed that the Pattaya Vegetarian Festival will take place starting from the 10th until 20th October.

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    I wonder how many moo bing stalls there will be just outside the festival area.

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    Do they do the same as Phuket's and stick sharp instruments into themselves ?

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    Planning begins for Pattaya Vegetarian Festival

    Planning begins for Vegetarian Festival
    Sawittree Namwiwatsuk

    This year’s Pattaya Vegetarian Festival will be held over the period October 10 to 20, and a meeting of the organizing committee took place at Pattaya City Hall on August 23 to discuss the arrangements.

    The event is being organized between Pattaya City and the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation.

    Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon and foundation deputy head Prasit Thongtidcharoen presided.

    Wattana said this year’s festival would follow the pattern of last year’s successful event, the only major change being that the signature dish of Angels’ Fried Rice would become Zmeal Fried Noodles.

    The festival will open with a parade that is scheduled to begin at 12:29 p.m. on October 10, starting from Bali Hai Pier and proceeding along Walking Street to the police box intersection.
    There the parade will divide, the first section going along Beach Road to Pattaya Police Station and from there to the Central Pattaya Intersection.
    The second section will proceed along South Pattaya Road and turn left onto Second Road at the Wat Chaimongkol intersection.
    The two sections will meet at the Central Pattaya Intersection, and continue together from there along Soi Buakao to the third junction.

    Parade members will then take a bus to restart the parade at Sawangfa Temple, this time going to the beach at Lan Pho for the opening ceremony.
    Wattana said the roads would not be closed to traffic during the parade, but that the police would be implementing safety measures.

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    Ginjai Parade marked the start of this 10 day Vegetarian Festival

    Ginjai Parade marked the start of this 10 day Vegetarian Festival.


    The Chinese Vegetarian Festival known as Ginjai has begun and for the next 10 days, followers will abstain from eating meat which normally leads to an increase in vegetable prices in local markets. To celebrate the start of the festival a Ginjai Parade took place beginning at the Bali Hai Port, on Wednesday Morning. We joined the parade as it made its way from Walking Street up to Pattaya Second Road towards the Sawang Boriboon Headquarters in Banglamung. Followers, dressed in white were blessed by a Chinese Dragon and along the route offerings of Fruit were made. Two men who are believed to be possessed by a Chinese Spirit blessed followers with a special wooden stick which is supposed to give those who come into contact with it, good luck for the forthcoming year.

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    Giant pan serves noodles to 2,000 during Vegetarian Festival opening day

    Giant pan serves noodles to 2,000 during Vegetarian Festival opening day


    Sawittree Namwiwatsuk

    The biggest cooking pan in Thailand, used to prepare Hongtae rice noodles for serving endless numbers of people, was one of the main attractions of the Pattaya Vegetarian Festival opening day, held at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation offices.

    Crowds were also treated to auspicious Paradise Plums, of which more than 2,000 were given out.

    Sontaya Khunplome, former minister of tourism and sports chaired the opening of the festival on October 10, with Santsak Ngampichet, Chonburi Province senator, and Chanyuth Hengtrakul, former MP of Chonburi Zone 7 also present.

    The festival started at exactly 12:29 p.m. with a grand parade from Bali Hai Pier, with crowds of people joining in despite the rain.

    The parade ended at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation offices.

    Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn on behalf of Pattaya City presented an ambulance valued at more than 2 million baht to Visit Chaowalitnititham of Sawang Boriboon.

    The Hongtae rice noodles were made with the biggest pan in Thailand, its diameter measuring 2.59 meters.
    On opening day, an enormous volume of ingredients went into the giant pan, including 250 kg of mee sua noodles, 20 kg of shiitake mushrooms, 25 kg of ginkgo biloba, 25 kg of chestnuts, 400 white tofu cakes, 25 kg of cashew nuts, 15 kg of vegetarian pork, 20 kg of soja sprouts, five bottles of flavored sauce, 5 kg of vegetarian sodium glutamate, 5 kg of sugar, 1 kg of pepper powder, five bottles of white soy sauce, and five cans of vegetable oil.
    Sontaya, Chanyuth, Niran, mayoral advisor Itthipol Khunplome and Suchat Denchoeychai, president of the Chefs’ Society of Pattaya City helped distribute the noodles and the plums to a crowd estimated at 2,000.
    The festival continues at the Sawang Boriboon offices, where booths have been set up to sell food and other products, until October 20.



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    Pattaya celebrates end of Lent and prays for recovery of HM the King

    Pattaya celebrates end of Lent and prays for recovery of HM the King
    Vimolrat Singnikorn

    Pattaya citizens gathered early on the morning of October 27 for a ceremony to mark the end of Buddhist Lent, placing food in the bowls of monks at temples throughout the city, and praying for the speedy recovery of His Majesty the King from his recent illness.

    Crowds gathered especially at the central temples of Chaimongkol, Kao Prayai, Sawangfa Prutaram, Photisampan and Nong-Or, as individuals, families and tourists took part in this traditional ceremony.

    Buddhists believe that the spirit of the Lord Buddha descended from heaven, returning to earth through the Sangas Nakhon Gate in Sawatthi. This day is called Dhevo Rohana Day, and it takes place the day after Auk Phansa, which falls on the first day of the waning moon during the 11th lunar month.

    Buddhists line up in a procession to place dry food and other necessities in the bowls that the monks carry, as well as in the bowl placed in front of Buddha images.

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