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Vegetarian Festival - Phuket, Thailand
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member horizon seeker
N 07° 52.594 E 098° 23.112
47N E 432228 N 870702
Quick Description: A veggie festival with no veggies in the parade? Well, it's really about purifying the body by eating only veggies. See the link to understand this better.
Location: Thailand
Date Posted: 2/16/2008 7:09:42 PM
Waymark Code: WM364Q
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Better Half
Views: 17

Long Description:
jia chai in Chinese. The festival honors the Chinese heritage of the city and it is believed that the origins are in the tin mines of the early settlement. All the workers got sick and the monks cured them by having them eat only vegetables. During the festival all the restaurants in town serve only vegetarian dishes. I arrived in Phuket 2 days before the festival and was really amazed by the event. The daily morning and evening parade through town was something to see. The faithful practice a form of self-mutilation that is sometimes pretty gorey. There's also firewalking and climbing a stair of knives at the temples at night. I saw it but only briefly as it was just too much for me. Go to this link for more info: (visit link)

Coords are for just off the main traffic circle in town as that is where I took most of the pix. Festival spreads throughout the town.
How many days does the festival last?: 9

National, County, or City Festival?: City

Coordinates Location:: N 007 52.5940 E 98 23.1124

Admission Price: Not Listed

Website:: Not listed

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