A combination photo shows devotees at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket
A combination photo shows a devotee of the Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine holding a line of exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 19, 2012 (top) and a devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced by the handle and blades of swords takes part in a procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 22, 2012. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism 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.
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