Vegetarian Festival A colourful event held over a nine day period in late September/early October, this celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
They decided to adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods who would ensure purification of the mind and body. On recovery, the people celebrated by holding a festival that was meant to honour the gods.
The vegetarian dishes are not easily distinguished from regular dishes - soybean and protein substitute products are used to replace meat . Throughout the festival fireworks and drums are sounded, especially during ceremonies. It is held that the louder they are the better, because the noise drives away evil spirits.
abstinence (n) not doing something, such as drinking alcohol
adhere (v) to stick firmly
ensure (v) to make something certain to happen
purification (n) the act of removing harmful substances from
distinguished (adj.) describes a respected and admired person, or
spirit (n) the form of a dead person, similar to a ghost
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