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Thailand's Vegetarian Festival

Devotees to the Chinese shrine of Ban Tha Rue walk in a street procession at the annual Vegetarian Festival on Phuket island, southern Thailand, 19 October 2012. The annual traditional Chinese vegetarian festival held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar emphasizes merit making and ritual cleansing of the body to mark the nine-day-long festival featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism.

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Devotees to the Chinese shrine of Ban Tha Rue walk in a street procession at the annual Vegetarian Festival on Phuket island, southern Thailand, 19 October 2012. The annual traditional Chinese vegetarian festival held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar emphasizes merit making and ritual cleansing of the body to mark the nine-day-long festival featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism.