Do you like Thai food? How about vegetarian?
Well during the Chinese Vegetarian Festival every year you can partake even on a Cat 1 budget.
The origins of the Vegetarian Festival are Chinese, a celebration to the nine Emperor Gods, and the festival happens during the ninth Chinese lunar month every year. During the Tesagan Gin Je Festival (Vegetarian Festival) yellow and red flags that signal a shop or stall is selling food in line with the festival regulations can be seen throughout Thailand. You will also spot stickers and signs in shops across the city, from 7-11 to large shopping malls. Vegetarian “meat” is a big part of the Vegetarian Festival. Some of it looks exactly like real meat and some of it is slightly cartoonish in appearance. From the vege satay sticks to fish and sausages, you will find it all. Because strong smelling foods like garlic and onions are not allowed during the festival, the food is kept pretty simple.
Besides the food choices there are other aspects of the festival that devotees adhere to as well. Although it is called the vegetarian festival, the diet is strictly vegan, as the requirements include giving up all fish, dairy, meat and poultry for nine days as a way to cleanse your body. Rules also state that you should wear white from head to toe, but this is not as widely practiced outside temples. Phuket is often seen as the center of Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival, as over 30 percent of the population have Chinese ancestry. Rituals practiced during the height of the festival include tongue slashing and other gory rituals. But today we are only going to check out some food choices and check the prices and see if a Cat 1 RIPper (Retiree In Paradise) can afford to partake in the festival.
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