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Por Tor Festival in Phuket

The Por Tor Festival, better known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, has kicked off on Phuket today.

Thais of Chinese origin believe that the spirits of their ancestors return to the earth to visit their relatives and families at this time of the year according to the lunar calendar.

Red turtle in Por Tor Festival,  Phuket

One of the main symbols of the festival is the red turtle-shaped cakes called "ang ku," a sweet treat for the spirits. These offerings symbolize wisdom and longevity, good luck in all endeavors, protection from misfortune, as well as prosperity and abundance.

The main events will take place from August 28 to September 6 in Phuket Town, mostly in Chinese temples and communities.

Por Tor Festival in Phuket

Program of the Por Tor Festival:

August 28, from 9:00 to 12:00 - Phuket Thai Hua Museum.

August 30, from 10:00 to 12:00 - Nguan Kong Shrine.

August 31, from 10:00 to 12:00 - Jor Ong Shrine.

September 1, at 11:00 AM - Grand street parade from the Dragon statue in Queen Sirikit Park to the Central Market on Ranong Rd.

September 1-2, from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Fair at the Central Market on Ranong Rd.

September 3, starting at 5:00 PM - Grand street parade from the Dragon statue in Queen Sirikit Park to Por Tor Shrine on Phuket Rd.

September 3-14, from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Rong Tog Kong Shrine.

September 5, from 10:00 to 12:00 - Ao Ke community on Takua Pa Rd.

Important note: During the festival, there will be a lot of fireworks and firecrackers used.

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