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: PPAO TAKES PART IN POR TOR CEREMONY AT PHUKET THAIHUA MUSEUM, KRABI ROAD
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Representing PPAO, Councilors Prasit Sinsaowapak, Saroj Angkanapilas and Supreeya Iam-wiwattanakul on September 2 attended Por Tor ceremony held at the Phuket Thaihua Museum in Krabit Road.
The visit of the officials demonstrates PPAOs commitment in supporting and promoting local tradition, and making it known to young people and tourists. More visitors to Phuket means a boost of income to the local population. Furthermore, Por Tor is the time of sharing when turtle-shaped pastries are distributed to neighbors. It is therefore a tradition that forges loving kindness in the community. A tradition long observed by Chinese communities the world over, Por Tor or Sart Jeen in Thai, falls on the full moon day of the seventh Chinese lunar month (around the ninth Thai lunar month). Originally called Ula Lumpon, Por Tor is principally the time to pay respect to the deceased ancestors. It is believed that the souls of the dead are released from the netherworld to come home and visit their relatives on this particular day. Each family would organize offerings in the form of tea, savory food, sweetmeats, fruit and some spirits. One item that must be included in the offering is a sweetmeat in the form of red turtle, which has come to signify the Por Tor tradition. The offering ceremony is called Pai Pua.

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