Image: Guillaume Megevand
Catching a ride
The name “Vegetarian Festival” may seem strange for an event that involves so much blood and self-inflicted violence. However, vegetarianism is an important part of the rituals. In other parts of Thailand, and indeed Southeast Asia, people of Chinese descent observe the “Nine Emperor Gods Festival”, as it is also known, mainly by abstaining from meat. However, nowhere else celebrates the festival quite as spectacularly as Phuket.