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The vegetarian festival is held annually during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. During this time, people of Chinese ancestry religiously observe a strict vegan diet. The aim of this event is for spiritual cleansing and accompanying sacred rituals. It is believed to bring good fortune.
This year, the vegan festival is held on
September 24th to October 2nd
And October 24th to November 1st
Most people start one day earlier than the date mentioned above in order to clean their body and purely perform the ritual.
Symbols and purposes
During the vegetarian festival people come out and celebrate in the street. There are parades, fireworks, drum sounds (the louder, the more fortune gained) and religious ceremonies. People also put yellow flags to symbolize the festival. Yellow is Chinese belief represents auspicious. It can be seen from media that yellow flag is used to represent only two groups, Buddhist and royalty. Using yellow flag during the festival reminds Chinese Buddhist to not exploit animal lives, at least for 9 days.
Purpose of vegetarian festival
Not being able to swim is the worst life threatening these days especially for children. In Krabi, every year there must be one child drowns and dies because they cannot swim. Therefore giving swimming lesson to the children is really important. Also when giving them lesson, it is really vital to make sure they all are supervised. There should not be kids let along in the pool. Here, let’s talk about benefits of swimming.
1. Obviously, to save life.
2. Health benefits; swimming is a great way to exercise because your whole body works.
3. Benefit to the mind; swimming helps relax the mind. Water reconciles things as you can see there are a lot of human activities for example, in Thailand there is a water festival in April, mainly focusing on uplifting minds and loosen the stress. It is also a great way to make friends.
4. Swimming allows you to expose a lot of challenges such as surfing, kayaking, boat fishing and so on..
Teaching and care volunteers were at Baan Nanok and Baan Namjan School for the past couple days holding special activity with hundred students from two schools in the rural area of Krabi.
The activities included basic english teaching, art and crafts and ice breaking to make friends.
In honor of International Friendship Day, International Youth Day, Thailand's Mother's Day and the establishment of ASEAN community, Projects Abroad volunteers from around the world bring games and activities to Baan Rai Yai School to reach out to community and to help educate the children through art and crafts.