The Thailand Vegetarian Festival
17 December 2015
During the Vegetarian Festival - also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival - celebrated in October, many locals abstain from eating meat and drinking alcohol for up to 9 days. It is believed that the festival and its rituals bestow good fortune on those who religiously observe it. The festival is not as peaceful as it initially sounds. Alongside the papaya and eggplant there is the little matter of self-mutilation to deal with!
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