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    10th Phuket Chinese New Year Festival

    10th Phuket Chinese New Year Festival

    PHUKET CITY: Chinese New Year will be celebrated with flair in Phuket tonight with a little help from the Chinese cities of Yantai and Hainan.

    Chinese opera, demonstrations of kung fu, cultural performances from China and Thailand, as well as a host of Chinese snacks and delicacies will all be served up at the 10th Phuket Chinese New Year’s Day Festival, which kicks off tonight at Queen Sirikit Park on Thalang Rd.

    The festival, organized by the Phuket City Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, gets underway at 7 pm with Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpon Sillapa-archa presiding.

    It has been three-and-a-half years since the two Chinese cities of Yantai and Hainan signed agreements to become “twinned” cities with Phuket.

    A ceremony involving the offering of sacrifices to the spirits will be held from 11 pm to 12 am on February 2. The festival will also feature examples of the twinned cities’ local culture and food as well as information about places of interest.

    The Chinese will also do a performance at Jungceylon in Patong.

    Utit Limsakul, a marketing officer at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Phuket, told the Gazette the agreement to be twinned with Yantai and Hainan entailed building cooperative relationships in the areas of business, investment, education, tourism and commerce.

    In addition to working to strengthen bilateral ties, representatives of Hainan and Phuket are also developing plans to construct a leatherback turtle monument in Hainan.

    Traditionally during the Chinese New Year period, Chinese people return home to stay with their families and do not leave the country. It is therefore something of a rarity – and a special treat for Phuket – to have Chinese stars traveling from their home to perform on the island.

    Traveling with the performing troupe will be members of the Chinese media, including the Xinhua news agency, and representatives of the Chinese government.

    Peerayut Chumchuen, an analyst in the planning division of the Phuket Governor’s Office, told the Gazette that Phuket maintains “sister city” relationships with six cities or regions in five counties: Nice, France; Las Vegas, USA; Yantai and Hainan, China; Nakhodka, Russia and Port Blair, India.

    Negotiations are underway to add Bali, Indonesia and the Ukrainian republic of Crimea to the list, he said.

    Phuket Gazette



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    There's a big street party/festival gearing up on Thanon Thalang tonight and tomorrow. Live music, lots of food, and a lot of booze/beer on offer as well. Traffic was all sorts of snarled up earlier in the day. Soi Romanee and Th. Thalang are closed to all but foot traffic, I think... come on down and eat. That's where I'm going. Cheap stick-food and booze.

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    FYI, they had a few stands making cocktails (Long Islands, Mojitos, etc.) for a wee ฿79. And there was a good variety of food available as well. Dim sum, noodles, peculiar noodle salads and rice dishes... it was all there. More's the pity if you didn't go. For those of you not lured by food or drink, there were a lot of products for sale, by which I mean things made out of wood, etc. Didn't pay much attention to those. Also, the eye candy was worth the trip alone. On again tomorrow, so swing on by if you get the chance.

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    I've done the Phket Chinese New Year once....quite the event. Shouldn't miss it next time around.

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    Highlights Chinese stage performances in Phuket

    Highlights Chinese stage performances in Phuket





    2009 Old Phuket Town festival & Chinese New Year highlights



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    Chinese God Worship Rites for Chinese New Year in Phuket

    Chinese God Worship Rites for Chinese New Year in Phuket

    The Phuket Chinese New Year Festival and the 10th Old Phuket Town festival ended on Monday night with auspicious ceremonies of Chinese God Worship Rites in front of the Great Ocean Dragon Statue. That took place near midnight. Our reporter went along to capture the rites at night. Lets see how it is so important to Thai-Chinese people in Phuket

    9 tables were nicely decorated with food offerings ready to worship God on Monday evening at the Great Ocean Dragon Statue within Queen Sirikit Public Park on Thalang road in Phuket city. The offerings also included red turtle shape cakes signifying longevity, puffy cakes to signify prosperous work life, and pineapples to represent good luck and wealth.

    This is a practice by Chinese descendants on the ninth day after the Chinese New Years Day as the local historian Ajaan Pranee explains.

    The statute god from the famous Chinese shrine of Pud Jor was also placed at the rite for participants to pay respect to.

    At the right time, which was 11.09 pm, Phuket City administrators led by its mayor Somjai Suwansuppana, and the Thai Chinese Association, plus Peranakan Association members to represent Phuket people, performed the ritual ceremony wishing for good luck, a prosperous future and auspicious status for the city and nation.

    Local residents joined in to pay respect to God while foreign tourists observed the ritual ceremony. Traditional puppet shows & performances with blessing words for participants bade farewell and wished prosperity for the year ahead. At the end of the ceremony paper burning took place with fire crackers set off.


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    Chinese artistic dance performers in Phuket

    Chinese artistic dance performers in Phuket



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