The Por Tor Festival, also known as the “Hungry Ghosts Festival” is held in the seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar, which is believed to be when the gates of Hell open and spirits are allowed to wander the Earth and revisit homes.
During the festival, people bring food and decorated fruits to offer to the God of the Demons, Por Tor Kong, for him to pass along to the spirits. An essential offering for the festival is a red turtle-shaped cake called Ang Ku, which come in various sizes and are made from wheat flour and sugar. Turtles, to many Chinese, symbolise longevity.
At the festival people can enjoy the sight of beautiful street parades on August 19 and August 21.
The event is scheduled as follows:
• Aug 15-22 – Thaihua Museum on Krabi Rd
• Aug 17 – Joor Shu Kong Shrine at Surin Circle
• Aug 18 – Joh Ong Shrine, Krabi Rd
• Aug 19-20 – Fresh market on Ranong Rd
• Aug 17-31 – Por Tor Kong Shrine (Bang Niew)
• 23 Aug – Por Tor Ao Khaer Shrine on Takua Pa Rd
• Aug 19 – 11:30am from Queen Sirikit Park to Ranong Rd market
• Aug 21 – 17:30pm from Queen Sirikit Park to Bang Niew.