Thailand Vegetarian Food Festival (Part 1) – Bangkok 2012 เทศกาลกินเจ


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The Thailand Vegetarian Festival (เทศกาลกินเจ) is an annual celebration. The history of the festival dates back to the 1800’s when a group of Chinese opera performers were traveling through Thailand. After traveling around the country and performing they eventually made it to southern Thailand in Phuket. This is where they all become sick. After much contemplation and trying figure out just why they had become so ill, they finally decided that it was due to not honoring or showing respect to the Nine Emperor Gods in the Chinese Doaist belief. In order to get better from their sickness and better honor the gods, they determined it would be necessary to cleanse themselves by partaking in a number of different ceremonies, acts of purity and to eat a strict vegetarian diet for nine days straight.
I’m not fully sure how the story turned out, but what we do know is that the Thailand vegetarian festival (เทศกาลกินเจ) is now an annual event that many Thais and foreigners alike participate it. The most prominent festival takes places in the south of Thailand, most famously in Phuket, where there’s a large population of Chinese. In the south, one can witness many religious rituals, traditional ceremonies, and the most famous of everything, the self human flagellations. Some participating in the festival choose to mutiliate themselves by slicing and cutting of their bodies. They believe that they are posses by spirits and they are not actually hurting themselves in the process.
In Bangkok however, the vegetarian festival is less about self mutilation, but more about a few rituals and lots and lots of vegetarian Thai food that sprawls throughout the entire city. Yaowarat Chinatown, is the home of the most prolific ceremony where you can find some ceremonies of lots of pure vegetarian food. In this video I take to the narrow streets of Yaowarat to eat and explore. In Part 1, I first indulge in a Chinese vegetarian meal that includes tofu, cabbage and stir fried noodles. Then I check out a temple and finally go to eat a delicious sweet snack known as kanom dub dab (ขนมตุ๊บตั๊บ). If you are ever in Thailand for the vegetarian festival celebration, be sure to eat lots of delicious food and catch some of the action!
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Song Title: Oriental Trance
Author: Rick Clarke (Rickvanman)
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  1. I used to be such a great follower of your ways and your eating inspired me to get out of the UK and explore what the world had to offer. I then Watched Cowspiracy movie like days before i was about to travel and i was Vegan overnight. Not eaten animal products for like 3 years and never felt better but at the same time i kinda love ya for living ya dream my man.

  2. I have been to Thailand a few times, and I am glad to see there are no animals killed for these food. I will make sure to go there on my next visit. Vegetarian foods make you cleanse from within. Thank you for this video.

  3. May I know the temple that celebrate the Nine Emperor Gods in Chinatown. I plan to visit in October. Thank you.

  4. Its a shame Thailand doesn't have more vegetarian options all year around – There are so many fantastic vegetarian dishes and today there are even Shrimps, Chicken and beef look a like and taste almost alike alternatives that are made from mushrooms and soya.

  5. and you can find 5 or 10 baht in Primary school. hahaha yummy! เกี๊ยวชิ้นละบาทก็อร่อย ฮ่าๆ

  6. You should try "Ko Khun -Pon Yang Kam" (Nuanchan 21) Lat Krabang, Bangkok branch. Its the best thai steak. I recommend…

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