During the festival, Thai people practise “jay”. The word comes from Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. It means observing the eight precepts, which includes avoiding and abstaining from any animal meat, to keep their bodies clean and their eating utensils clean, and making sure they do not share utensils with people who do not observe the festival. They must wear white clothing whenever possible, inflict no harm on animals, and be mindful of their thoughts and actions. Devotees also abstain from sex and alcohol during the festival.
In celebration of The Vegetarian Festival, several of the SALA Hospitality Group properties will be offering a vegetarian highlight option to their menus.
In Phuket, celebrations are offered constantly between the many Chinese temples populated throughout the island, along with daily street processions between the temples and local communities. Fireworks, drums, market stalls and an exuberance of color and decoration are almost impossible to avoid during this period.
One of the most astonishing aspects of the Phuket festival is the extreme lengths devotees go to – piercing themselves with any variety of objects from knives and skewers to flowers and children’s toys while in a trance-like state. Be forewarned, this is a visual not for the feint hearted.
SALA Phuket will be providing a special seven course vegetarian set menu for 1,600 BHT per couple during this period, featuring vegetarian fare, such as: exploding quinoa served on green mango muddled with chilies, peanuts, coriander, mint and a lime palm sugar dressing.
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SALA Rattanakosin in Bangkok also offers a special vegetarian menu throughout the festival. The menu comprises nine new dishes (four appetizers and five mains) including Tod Man Khao Pod – Deep fried sweet corn fritters served with plum dipping sauce, Laab Hed – Sauteed Asian mushrooms tossed with mint leaf, toasted rice and chili and lime dressing, served with long beans and green cabbage.
SALA Khaoyai will be serving a special variation of Mee Sua throughout October in celebration on the Vegetarian Festival in addition to several other special menu items.
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