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Phuket Vegetarian Festival begins

PHUKET: Under dark rain-filled skies the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 began today with the raising of Lantern Poles at Chinese shrines, or San Jao, around the island.


By The Phuket News

Friday 4 October 2013, 06:37PM


Adherents at the Sam Kong Shrine prepare the bamboo cross piece for raising up the Lantern Pole this evening.

Adherents at the Sam Kong Shrine prepare the bamboo cross piece for raising up the Lantern Pole this evening.

The opening ceremony was generally a quiet affair but the emotion will build over the coming days as a riot of parades with massive amounts of firecrackers and “mah song” – steeds of the gods – mortifying their flesh with axes, maces, and a variety of artifacts inserted through cuts in their cheeks or hung by hooks from the chests or backs.

For a comprehensive background on the festival, see the brochure here, prepared by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (and reproduced with its kind permission), which gives more information on the history of this fascinating festival, a timetable of all the events, and maps of parade routes.

 

 

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