SEVERAL SALA HOSPITALITY GROUP resorts will be highlighting a vegetarian option to their menus during this year’s Vegetarian Festival, which runs from Oct. 13-21.
The Thai Vegetarian Festival begins on the 15th day of the waning of the 10th month of the Thai lunar calendar.
Many Thais observe the Vegetarian Festival, even if they do not practice Vegetarianism throughout the year. The festival is popular throughout Thailand, but most especially in areas with large populations of Chinese immigrants, such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.
During this festival, Thai people practice jay, taken from Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, it means eight precepts observance.
These include the avoidance of eating any animal meat is one of the eight precepts. To hold the precepts (or teu sil gin jay) you must keep their body clean, keep your eating utensils clean, and make sure you do not share utensils with people not observing the festival.
They must also 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.
SALA Phuket will be providing special vegetarian lunch dishes during the festival period that will feature vegetarian fare, such as crispy quinoa dumplings in mild green coconut curry with Thai basil and pea eggplant. For more information, call +66 (0) 7633 8888
sala lanna Chiang Mai will be offering a vegetarian dining option at its italia restaurant, with dishes like yellow tofu with three-mushroom in soya sesame glaze, at its riverside setting. For more information, call +66 (0) 5324 2588.
sala rattanakosin is offering Bangkok devotees a vegetarian special menu throughout the festival, ensuring practising diners do not have to compromise on taste. For more information, call +66 (0) 2622 1388.