When people talk about the Vegetarian Festival they mainly think of the one held in Phuket. But really you will find that Chinese communities all around Thailand will be celebrating the Vegetarian Festival at this time. The main venue in Samut Prakan city is at Rongjae Thongsiang near Taiban Circle. The ten day event starts with the raising of a pole which signals the nine gods to come down to earth. At the Chinese shrines around town there will be daily chanting. Other events include a parade and floating of krathongs on the river.