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Phuket marks quiet start to Chinese New Year

Phuket marks quiet start to Chinese New Year

PHUKET: Chinese New Year got off to a quiet start today (Feb 12), with the streets quiet for the special public holiday declared in the hope of boosting domestic tourism, and only local residents attending Chinese shrines across the island instead of the bustling crowds of tourists seen in years past.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 12 February 2021, 01:03PM


Thai-Chinese living in the heart of the Phuket Old Town area, especially along Thalang Rd and Phang Nga Rd, have decorated their homes in honour of the festive occasion, yet even then the number of houses adorned with the traditional decorations seem to be fewer than in previous years, noted the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) in their own report.

Meanwhile, few people have turned out at the Pud Cho Shrine on Soi Phuthon, off Ranong Rd, to observe annual blessing ceremonies and to make merit, PR Phuket also noted.

The shrine has installed a body temperature monitor at the entrance for preliminary screening, PR Phuket also noted.

Most of the attendees at the shrine were not wearing red clothes, red being an auspicious colour in Chinese culture.

On being asked, some attendees explained that they had not bought new red clothes for the new year in order to save money.

Some said that due to the effects of COVID-19 this year, family members were not able to return to their traditional family homes to celebrate the new year together.

Instead, the attendees were observing simple rituals that must be performed by paying homage to ancestors, at home. 

Those still with jobs took time off to pay homage at the shrine and set off some firecrackers, then went back to work.

Elsewhere throughout Phuket Town is “quite lonely”, PR Phuket noted.

Very few people are turning out to worship the gods, or set off firecrackers, both core key aspects of Chinese New Year in Phuket Town in the past.

“Most of them have only a small ritual, and give red envelopes [ang pao] to the children in the family,” PR Phuket reported.

Meanwhile, people are invited to join the Annual Worship Festival 2021 as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

The event will be held at the Phuket Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Rd, Phuket Town,on Friday, Feb 19, from 10:30pm.

Those interested in attending the event can contact  the Tourism Development and Promotion Division at Phuket City Municipality at 076-214306.

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Kurt | 15 February 2021 - 10:44:31

Of course, as expected. Many people don't like the risk catching Covid while traveling to Phuket, or not want/being not able to spend/fork up money on it. Always a next time. One has to be careful in spending now. About red clothes buying, didn't have still the red clothes of last year celebration? Who keeps/save something has something. :-)

 

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