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Phangnga woos tourists with Vegetarian Food Festival

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Rain, shine or floods, the street procession and body piercing ritual in Takua Pa town in Phangnga province has become an integral part of the annual Vegetarian Food Festival, which traditionally begins on the first day of the ninth lunar month. This year it starts this coming Sunday and runs until Oct 23. 

Firecrackers explode as devotees carry a palanquin bearing the image of a Chinese god during a street procession on Takua Pa Road.

The procession is much smaller compared to the more well-known edition in the old town of Phuket.However, Takua Pa continues to stick by the original form of the ritual in which devotees only wield weapons of ancient Chinese gods while the devotees in Phuket, in addition to those, also wield guns, swords or even motorcycles.

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