The Chinese New Year Festival in Yaowaraj celebrates eating vegetarian food more than just abstaining from meat. Once again, it's time for the Thai-Chinese community to celebrate the Vegetarian Festival. When it comes to the Vegetarian Festival, one must think of Yaowaraj, which is organizing a grand event this year just like every year. The festival runs from October 14th to October 23rd, 2566. During the event, there will be a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, both savory and sweet. Besides the food, Yaowaraj also offers places of worship and places of great significance, such as Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (Dragon Temple), Mae Kuan Im Shrine, Lao Pun Tao Gong Shrine, and Mae Prao Du Shrine, to name a few. Those attending the Yaowaraj Vegetarian Festival can visit these places to pay their respects and seek blessings for their lives. Even those who are not of Chinese descent can enjoy and immerse themselves in the atmosphere of this festival.
This year's Chinese New Year Festival in Yaowaraj is themed "Pure Heart, Good Health, and Prosperity" to encourage people to engage in acts of worship and perform charitable deeds by abstaining from meat. The practice of vegetarianism has been prevalent among the Chinese community for a long time, as they believe that abstaining from meat and keeping oneself clean allows them to communicate with divine entities and accumulate merit. This belief has been passed down through generations and remains strong to this day. In this year's festival, there will be a ceremony to invite the deities "Giu Ong, Hok Jo Taw Bo Nee, Nam Seng, and Pak Tao Chakung" on a palanquin, starting from Wat Loka Santi and concluding at the Sua Pa Gate. This is to allow people attending the festival to worship and receive blessings. It is guaranteed that if you join the festival, you will be full of both merit and delicious food.