April 13-15, 2020, traditional Thai New Year celebrated by visiting temples, sprinkling water on Buddha in reverence, and on one another's hands to wish good luck. Also a good excuse for playful water fights in the streets, with buckets and water guns.
October 16-25, 2020. Annual Chinese festival, street parades, vegetarian/ vegan diet observed, sexual abstinence, no alcohol, rites at local shrines/ temples, entranced devotees pierce themselves, walk barefoot over hot coals, climb ladders with bladed rungs. Onlookers throw firecrackers. Final parade ends in Sapan Hin; Chinese paper is burned, and spirits leave the possessed.
Early November, 2020, thousands of people, annual parade of school bands, floats, glamorous ladyboys, followed by music festival on the beach. Lots of food for sale in the streets; alongside traditional Thai and Phuketian dishes, the tastes of other Asian cuisines, including Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.
October 31, 2020. On the full moon of the 12th month (traditional Thai lunar calendar) people float small candle-lit rafts (Krathong) on rivers, canals, lakes or sea, honoring the Goddess of Water. Fireworks/ beauty contests/ festivities.