Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket celebrates end of Vegetarian Festival

Last night, a giant celebration marked the end of the 9-day Phuket Vegetarian Festival. A parade made its way through Phuket Town, with devotees either marching or travelling by motorcade. Midnight marked the hour at which observers were able to once again eat meat. Processioners marched through the streets of Phuket Town for hours carrying flags and shrines, while members of the crowd threw firecrackers. Many small tables were set up in the road with offerings to the Ma Song and their helpers. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is known for its Ma Song. These spiritual devotees will self-mutilate, slicing their […]
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Officials talk turkey about size of Phuket Vegetarian Festival

With Covid-19 still infecting over 200 people per day in Phuket, organisers of the yearly Phuket Vegetarian Festival are fishing for an answer to how big the event planned for October 6 to 14 can be. Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew said the event’s scale will be based on the Covid-19 situation in the days leading up to the festival. If Covid-19 is under control the Phuket Vegetarian Festival can go on whole-hog as originally intended, but if infections and risks are still high, officials may chicken out and shrink the event. The festival is usually no chopped liver; it’s a […]
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