Mooncake Festival in Phuket

Last weekend, I stumbled across Phuket Municipality’s celebration marking the Mid-Autumn Festival (in Thai, Wan Wai Phra Jan -- เทศกาลไหว้พระจันทร์).  Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival), it falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. This is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox when … Continue reading Mooncake Festival in Phuket

Por Tor Festival in Phuket: Day One’s Procession

Today is the first day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar.  It is the beginning of the annual fifteen-day period that Thai-Chinese people believe the spirits of their ancestors are released from heaven to visit their relatives.  In Thailand, it is popularly known as Ngan Por Tor or the "Hungry Ghost Festival" … Continue reading Por Tor Festival in Phuket: Day One’s Procession