10 Forbidden Practices for Vegetarian Festival

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

The Thai-Chinese in Thailand have long passed on the vegetarian festival to purify mind and soul by refraining from meat consumption for entire 10 days.

Some people do it out of religiousness being very strict about all the rules of the festival, while others do it light-heartedly just for the taste and fun of it. Yet others do it for a change from the regular intake of meat in order to give their intestines a break, and to enjoy and not miss out on the palatable vegetarian available dishes only available during this time of the year.

If you are interested to participate in this festival, here are the 10 practices you should follow:

1. งดเว้นเนื้อสัตว์หรือทำอันตรายต่อสัตว์
Refrain from eating all kind of meat or do any harm to animals.
2. งด นม เนย หรือ น้ำมันที่มาจากสัตว์
Refrain from having milk products, butter or oil from animals.
3. งดอาหารรสจัด รสเผ็ดมาก เค็มมาก หวานมาก เปรี้ยวมาก
Refrain from strong flavored food, very spicy food, very salty food, very sweet food, very sour food.
4. งดผักกลิ่นฉุน 5 ชนิด คือ กระเทียม หลักเกียว หัวหอม หลักเกียว กุยช่าย ใบยาสูบ รวมทั้งเครื่องเทศที่มีกลิ่นฉุน
Refrain from five strong-smelling vegetables which are garlic, Elephant Garlic, onions, Garlic chives, tobacco leaves as well as strong spices.
5. รักษาศีล 5
Practice the Five Precepts or rules of morality

  • to abstain from killing
  • to abstain from stealing
  • to abstain from sexual misconduct
  • to abstain from false speech
  • to abstain from intoxicants causing heedlessness

6. รักษาจิตใจให้บริสุทธิ์ purify the mind
7. ทำบุญ ทำทาน นุ่งขาว
Make merit, wear white clothes
8. ไม่ใช้จานชามปะปนกัน
Use kitchen utensils separately from others not used during the festival
9. งดดื่มสุราและของมึนเมา
Refrain from drinking alcohol
10. Women having their period should not attend any rituals.


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