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Chinese communities in Thailand honour the Taoist Nine Emperor Gods Festival with a traditional nine-day-long food festival
Quelle:: National Library Singapore
The festivities surrounding the Nine Emperor Gods Festival are in full swing in Thailand. The festival, which is celebrated by Chinese communities in Southeast Asia during the first nine days of the ninth lunar month, honors the nine emperor gods of Taoism.
In Thailand, the biggest celebration associated with the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is the Vegetarian Festival. Despite the festival's name, all of the food offered by street stalls and restaurants during the nine days is vegan. Worshipers abstain from meat, fish, eggs and dairy products during the days of celebration to cleanse their minds and bodies.
Other distinctive rituals taking place during the festival include dressing in white from head to toe, especially in the temples, fire walking and body piercing.