How glad am I that there is no Jewish festival like the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket last week!
The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth month of the Chinese calendar will help them attain good health and peace of mind.
The participants also feel the gods take over their bodies during the festival, manifesting supernatural powers and then perform self torture in order to remove any evil brought upon themselves and to bring the community good luck.
Are these guys crazy??
Above and below: A devotee, his cheeks pierced with skewers, joins a
procession in celebration of the Vegetarian Festival...
Above: A Thai man, his cheeks pierced with a spear.
.... Just another day ....