Vegetarian Festival In Thailand as presented by: Totally Cool Pix

The local Chinese community in Thailand belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. They celebrate the vegetarian festival by piercing their own meat and setting of fire crackers. Devotees of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine walk through exploding firecrackers as they take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants,during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. A devotee goes into a trance as he takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. A devotee runs on burning charcoals as he performs the fire walking ceremony, during celebrations for the vegetarian festival.

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