Paying Respect at the Pud Jor Shrine: Praying for a Blessed Chinese New Year

What Phuketians call the Third Lunar-Month Festival is in fact the Chinese New Year. It stretches over three days starting with the ‘Buying Day’ when locals buy food and materials for the ritual, including gifts for relations. The second day is ‘Worship Day’ and is for families meeting and setting up a table outside their house dedicated to the worship of gods, ancestors, and souls. The third day (which is the actual New Year’s Day) is called the ‘Travel Day’.