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Thailand Vegetarian Fest

Thailand Vegetarian Fest

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine walks with his cheek pierced with knives during the annual Vegetarian Festival in the Phuket, Thailand, on Sunday. During the festival, which begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts nine days, religious devotees slash themselves with swords, pierce their cheeks with sharp objects and commit other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins of the community.


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