เทศกาลพ้อต่อ จัดตั้งแต่วันขึ้น 15 ค่ำ เดือน 7 ตามปฏิทินจันทรคติจีน (ตรงกับเดือน 9 ปฏิทินจันทรคติไทย)
The Hungry Ghost Festival is known in Phuket as Tessagarn Por Dtor.
For the period of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar (9th month in the Thai calendar) the spirits of the family ancestors are believed to return to earth. On the 15th day of the 7th lunar month a special feast is made as an offering to the spirits including whole pig, fruit, cakes and the special red turtles (Ang Ku) believed to bring longevity and wealth to the family.The festival ends 15 days after the feast, on the last day of the 7th lunar month, when the spirits return to heaven.
The third floor car park at Phuket's Fresh Food Market has been closed for two days to make way for the Por Dtor Festival or Hungry Ghost Festival.
The locals came to worship and make offerings of food to keep the Hungry Ghosts happy!
It certainly was a big feast, with whole pigs, cakes, fruit and the famous turtle cakes that are supposed to bring good luck. I started wishing that I was a Hungry Ghost too, there were so many good things to eat!
Small turtles are called Ang Ku (อังกู้), large turtles are called Dtua Ku (ตั่วกู้)
This carved water melon was a real eye catcher! Not the usual style of Thai fruit carving!
Outside a street festival was in full swing with stalls selling food, clothes and other things. Stages were set up to keep the atmosphere lively with dancers and singers performing all night to keep the ghosts away!
Old and young, traditional and modern all in contrast on the street.
A Lion Dance was held in front of the market.
No safety nets here!