The Por Tor festival is still held in Phuket, no processions in the streets

The annual Por Tor Festival in Phuket, aka the “Hungry Ghost Festival” is currently taking place in Phuket Town. The festival is taking place without street processions due to the Covid situation and will run until August 28.

The annual celebration takes place on the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. This date is considered to be the time when the gates of hell open and the spirits are allowed to walk, or possibly float, and visit the houses. The occasion is also a time to help those in pain, such as people in a state of purgatory who have not received a proper funeral ceremony.

As a rule, a red cake in the shape of a turtle is prepared for this festival. The turtle symbolizes strength and longevity. People also prepare fruits and other foods for the God of demons.

Due to Covid, there will be no parades for this year’s event.

The following temples participate in Por Tor related events:

  1. August 23: Joh Ong Shrine on Krabi Rd
  2. August 26 to September 6: Por Tor Kong Shrine
  3. August 27: Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Rd
  4. August 28: Ao Ke Community on Phoonpon Rd

SOURCE: Phuket News

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