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Welcome to Phuket: An amazing eye-opener, the Veg Fest begins Friday

Phuket Governor Marks Very Veggie Birthday

Thursday, October 7, 2010
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WARNING graphic images are included

PHUKET'S Governor Tree Ackaradecha celebrated his 59th birthday today by accepting two bottles of Australian wine from Aussie honorary consul Larry Cunningham this morning . . . then joining the abstaining crowd for the start of the Vegetarian Festival this afternoon.

Next year's Vegetarian Festival will bring the end of his whirlwind 12-month tenure.

The raising of lantern poles at Phuket's Chinese temples today marked the beginning of nine days of parades and vegetarian food for adherents, and especially for the entranced warriors.

Phuketwan found possibly the youngest warrior on the island on the shoulders of his father among the crowds that packed Jui Tui Temple in Phuket City.

Other youngsters were there, too. Schoolgirls in uniform were taking photos of warriors slashing their tongues with swords and bloodying their backs with hatchets, in the process absorbing the pain of life on behalf of everyone else.

Such is the contrast of the festival. There were confronting scenes of warriors shedding red, and tended scenes of other warriors blessing young and old participants.

Top it all off with brilliant costumes and a barrage of fireworks, and it's Phuket's culture at its most colorful . . . or crazy.

Over the next nine days, thousands of observers will have the chance to be the judges.
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PHOTO ALBUM Psst. Wanna know where to find the best vegetarian meals on Phuket? Come with us to Joe's place, where pizza and Japanese are on the menu.
Phuket Vegetarian Fest: A Survival Guide

Phuket's Days of the Dancing Road Warriors
Latest Phuket's vegetarian festival brings noise, confronting sights and healthy eating. It's the occasion that makes outsiders realise that Phuket really is different to the rest of Thailand.
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Patong Crack(er)down as Festival Sharp End Looms
Latest< Police have warned about the danger of pickpockets and razor slash thieves being among the large crowds expected to attend this year's Phuket Vegetarian Festival.
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Phuket's Warriors All Set to Eat, Then Run
Photo Album As with every important event on Phuket, food plays an important role in tonight's explosive end to the Vegetarian Festival as warriors hot foot it through Old Phuket Town.
Phuket's Warriors All Set to Eat, Then Run

Phuket Parades its Warriors as the Festival Fades
Photo Album With time running out, the parades come thick and fast in the dying days of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Eyes and ears are ready now for the final charge of the white brigade.
Phuket Parades its Warriors as the Festival Fades

Phuket Secrets of a Vegetarian Muslim Warrior
Confronting to the senses, challenging to logic, Phuket's Vegetarian Festival is a memorable experience. Possessed by spirits, the warriors perform amazing deeds. A Muslim link is yet another surprise.
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