Thousands descend on Phuket for spectacle of Vegetarian Festival

Thousands of foreign and domestic tourists lined the streets of Phuket Town yesterday for the street procession from Bang Neow Shrine throughout Phuket Town, marking the sixth day of the Vegetarian Festival.

Hundreds of Ma Song (spirit mediums) took part, showing their pain-absolving possession abilities with a variety of implements impaled through their faces, from traditional blessed skewers to Samurai swords, grass shears, tridents and even garden gnome set and handguns.

The biggest street procession scheduled for the festival departs from Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket Town today. The procession is expected to feature the largest number of Ma Song and devotees, winding their way through Phuket Town.

Each night, from tonight through to the last night of the festival on Sunday, there will be fire-walking rituals at shrines across the island.

Also to be held at the night festivities will be bladed-ladder climbing at Bang Neow, Cheng Talay, Jen Ong and Samkong Shrines from today through Sunday night.

Story: The Phuket News

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