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March 13
Thao Thep Krasa Tri-Thao Sri Sunthon Festival
is held on 13 March yearly in memory of the two heroines who led the defense of the island against the Burmese in 1785. Many activities and celebrations are organized.
April 13
Turtle Release Fair
is held on Songkran, the nationwide Thai water festival, on April 13. It is also the National Fisherman's Day. Baby turtles are released into the sea at various beaaches in Phuket.
Seafood Festival
is designed to publicize the delicious seafood of Phuket and attract visitors during the rainy season. It is held around May every year, and the activities include a Marine Tourism Resources Parade,  demonstrations of regional cuisines,  cultural shows and of course seafood, where you can get from several seafood stalls.
Chao Le Boat Floating Festival
falls during the middle of the sixth and eleventh lunar months yearly. The fest is held at the Chao Le, or Sea Gipsy, villages in Phuket. The Rawai and Sapam villages hold their ceremonies on the 13th; Sire village celebrates on the 14th; and the village at Laem La (east of the bridge on Phuket's northern tip) celebrates on the 15th. Ceremonies, which center around the setting adrift of small boats similar to the Thai Festival of Loy Krathong, are held at night and their purpose is to drive away evil and to bring good luck. Fingernail clipping and strands of hair are put in the little boats before being released, along with little dolls fashioned from wood representing people. The boats float away, and symbolizing of all unlucky things floating away. Afterwards, the villagers perform their famous dance round their own boats, called the Ram Rong Ngeng.
June 1, 2002 - July 31, 2002
Amazing Thailand Grand Sales, Grand Service
This is a shopping festival held for the whole two months, June and July.
It will offering generous discounts for visitors to shop till they drop. So that will be a good occasion for people like shopping. Over 750 participating shops and department stores nationwide will provide up to 80% discounts on various products. Special promotions will also be offered by several hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, tour operators and car rental companies.

For more extra value, check out for special promotional offers for "Made-In-Thailand" products. Many discount weeks will take place in Bangkok, but this fun shopping carnival will not be limited only in the capital. It will also include major tourist destinations such as Chiang Mai (June 1-4), Udon Thani (June 6-9), Hat Yai (June 13 – 16), and Pattaya (June 27 – 30). Just make your visit to Thailand during the Amazing Thailand Grand Sales, Grand Service Festival, and experience for yourself what ‘value-for-money’ really means.

Por Tor Festival
This is an ancestor's festival of the ethnic Chinese that falls on the seventh Chinese lunar month, which is the same as the ninth lunar month of the Thais (usually in September, but year 2002 in August)). Special foods, flowers and candles are presented to the ancestor's altars. Cakes in the shape of turtles are made from flour. This is done because turtles live to great age and it is believed that by making such offering worshippers may extend the length of their lives. It is an important merit-making festival.

October 5, 2002 - October 14, 2000
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 
is held from the first through the ninth nights of the ninth Chinese lunar month; that is, in September or October. (usually in October). It was first celebrated in 1825, when a troupe of actors enacted these rites toward off a plague. The drama troupe once got a malaria attack and therefore they committed themselves to a 9-day vegetarian diet to pay homage to the Nine Emperor Gods (the Star Deities) to restore their good health. Since then the practice has been carried on until present day.

Vegetarian food is eaten by participants and white clothes worn during the period of the fest. Self utilization is practiced by those whose bodies become the temporary residence of powerful gods. Parades of worshippers brave fireworks while carrying images through the street; others walk on fire or climb bladed ladders. Participants number in the thousands. The whole forms one of the most bizarre festivals in Thailand.
November 1, 2002
Tourist Season Opening Festival /Phuket Travel Fair
is usually called the Patong Beach Carnival in English according to from the place where celebrations occur, and is held on . It is a colorful festival with many stalls with merchandise and food, parades, sports event, and a beauty competition for foreign tourists. The fest is held to cement solidarity among the government, the private business sector, and the people, but also to celebrate the official opening of the tourist season in Phuket. Patong Beach is is the center of several tourism activities on Phuket, why this welcoming festival is held just there.
November 19, 2002
Loykrathong & Candle Festival
This is a fascinating festival celebrated in the 12th lunar month. Rivers and canals of Thailand are illuminated with hundreds of candle-lit floats released to pay homage to the River Goddess, Mae Kong Ka.

The influece of this festival is believed to come from Deepavali, the Brahmin lantern and float festival held to pay homage to Trimurati (Three Supreme Gods) in Hindu religion.

During the Ly Krathong night people will bring their lotus-shaped floats, called Krathongs to nearby rivers or canals. The Krathongs are made of local materials, especially leafs from the banana trees. Flowers, incense and candles will be placed in the boats during this night and after people has made a wish they float their Krathongs into the rivers or canals. Sins, bad luck and all the sufferings are believed to be carried away with the Kratongs when they will be floating away.

Fireworks, folk entertainment and much more are also held after people has floating their Kratongs away. The Loy Krathong festival is celebrated widely across the country.
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November 30, 2002
Laguna Phuket Triathlon
This annual year end event sees the world's top triathletes and hundreds of amateurs competing for prize money and placing on the world triathlon circuit. The course, which includes swimming, bicycling, and running through the beautiful natural surroundings of Laguna Phuket in Tambon Choeng Thale, takes from two-and-a-half to five hours to complete.
December 5, 2002 - December 12, 2002
Phuket King's Cup Regatta
was first held in 1987 in honor of His Majesty's 60th birthday. The King of Thailand is a noted boating enthusiast and yachts come from around the world to participate in the competition, which is the largest and one of the most popular sailing events in Southeast Asia. It is held yearly on the anniversary of His Majesty's birthday, 5 December. Site of the regatta is Nai Han Beach.

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Songkran (Thai New year)
Loy Krathong (Light festival)
New Year's Day
Traditional New Year Celebration
The "Sart" Festival
Other Organized Ceremonies
Royal Ceremonies
Phuket Festivals
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