This article aims to investigate the existence of the tradition of Moon Festival in Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province. The data of this qualitative study were gathered from related documents, research reports, and in-depth interviews with Thai Chinese in Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province. The study found that the tradition of Moon Festival could still exist but with adaptation in two types of ritual. One is a ritual performed in the morning in which Thai Chinese take offerings to pay respect to the Goddess of the Moon at a shrine. The other is a ritual performed at night at home with a shorter ritual of paying respect at an earlier time because the working-age group of people has to wake up early in the morning to go to work. Offering items have been changed to suit the modern time and bought in smaller quantity due to the sluggish economy. It can be said that the tradition of Moon Festival in Hat Yai can still exist amidst social changes because Thai Chinese in Hat Yai unite to adapt the rituals and make it suitable for life in the age of globalization.
Jureerat Buakaew, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Stream: Cultural Studies
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