Vegetarian Festival

The Vegetarian Festival is a religious festival annually held on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand. A colorful event held over a nine day period in 11-19 October 2007, this celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. NOTE:This is not recommended for the feint hearted to witness. In order to invoke the gods, participants acting as mediums of the gods will then firewalked, body pierced and other acts of self mortification. Men and women puncture their cheeks with various items including knives, skewers and other household items. Over the years it has became more spectacular and daring with more participants bringing new and more bizarre objects to skew their body. It is believed that the Chinese gods will protect such persons from harm, and little blood or scarring results from such mutilation acts.


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