October Holidays Festivals Events SE Asia

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Thailand

By the name of this festival you may assume it to be a gentle affair where new-age vegetarian hippies share tofu recipes over yoga mats in Thailand. However, the Phuket Vegetarian festival is one of the craziest, most spectacular events in South East Asia. You’ll witness incredible acts of self-torture such as walking on hot coals, climbing bladed ladders and the piercing of cheeks with swords, shards of glass – even beach umbrellas.

Buffalo Racing Festival- Chonburi Thailand

Venue : The yard in front of Chonburi Town Hall

The festival features buffalo race which is divided into 3 sizes; small, medium and large. You will also see the decorated buffalo contest which is divided into beautiful type and funny type. There are also healthy buffalo contest, beauty buffalo breeder and also Nong Nang Ban Na beauty contest.

held in October/November  

Naga fireball-Thailand 

The Naga fireballs (Thai: บั้งไฟพญานาค; RTGS: bang fai phaya nak), also known as the Mekong lights, and “bung fai paya nak” by the locals, is a phenomenon with unconfirmed source said to be often seen in Thailand’s Mekong river, which is also seen in (Nong Khai province in Isan) and in Laos (Vientiane Province)—in which glowing balls are alleged to naturally rise from the water high into the air.[1] The balls are said to be reddish and to have diverse sizes from smaller sparkles up to the size of basketballs;[2] they quickly rise up to a couple of hundred metres before disappearing. The number of fireballs reported varies between tens and thousands per night.[3]   The fireballs are most often reported around the night of Wan Ok Phansa at the end of the Buddhist Lent in late October.[4]

Thimithi (Fire walking ceremonies) – Malaysia & Singapore

The Thimithi (Tamil: தீமிதி[1][2] Kundam)[3] or firewalking ceremony is a Hindu festival originating in Tamil Nadu, South India that is celebrated during the month of Aipasi (or Aippasi) of the Tamil calendar. This occurs between theGregorian calendar months of October and November.[4] The fire-walking ceremony is in honour of Draupati Amman, who is considered the incarnation of Mariamman, and is practiced not only in India, but also in Sri Lanka,Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa and other countries with large South Indian populations.

In Singapore, the celebrations begin at Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Kudavasal in Serangoon Road around 10pm and the priest leads the grand procession of people through the streets to Sri Mariamman Temple in South Bridge Road where the actual tīmiti takes place. The priest starts the tīmiti by walking through the pit filled with hot burning wood with a karakattam “sacred water-filled pot” on his head. He is followed by male devotees intent on fulfilling their personal promises and proving their faith. The devotees may include a minority of non-Indians and non-Hindus.[5]

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