Vegetarian Festival

Religious in Phuket Town

Firecrackers pop, the air is thick with smoke and people parade through Phuket Town, some with their cheeks violently pierced with skewers and knives or, more surprisingly, lamps and tree branches. Welcome to the Vegetarian Festival, one of Phuket’s most colourful celebrations, where residents of Chinese ancestry adopt a vegetarian diet for 10 days for the purpose of spiritual cleansing.