BangkokMap: Phuket Thailand Vegetarian Festival 2014 - Usage 3

My favourite Phuket Thailand consequence finished on Oct fourth in addition to at that spot are already two weblog posts online almost the 2014 Phuket Thailand Vegetarian Festival - come across Phuket Thailand-vegetarian-festival-2014-part-1">Part 1 in addition to Phuket Thailand-vegetarian-festival-2014-part-1">Part 2. I wanted to come across lots of the festival this twelvemonth in addition to hence nosotros demand iii weblog posts :) Part two covered the large street processions inwards town for the Bang Neow in addition to Jui Tui shrines. Those are the biggest of the morn processions, in addition to actually are quite a buzz for me, fifty-fifty after many years. It's non to everyone's taste, tin lavatory motility some traffic issues in addition to some people simply don't larn the indicate of all the confront piercing. Well, it's non your culture. This festival dates dorsum almost 190 years, is surely non a tourist consequence in addition to if yous stick roughly the original Beach Thailand areas of Phuket Thailand, which most visitors do, yous actually won't notice anything. The large events hap at Chinese shrines roughly the isle in addition to the biggest street parades are inwards Phuket Thailand Town. It all started dorsum inwards almost 1825 when members of a visiting Chinese home got sick when entertaining tin miners inwards the Kathu expanse of Phuket Thailand to the westward of Phuket Thailand Town. Kathu is where this began, fifty-fifty earlier Phuket Thailand Town existed every bit a town. And Kathu Shrine had it's procession on Oct 1st. I tend to see this shrine every twelvemonth since it's real unopen to my house. Every twelvemonth I test to larn at that spot actually early, similar half dozen - 6:30am, in addition to so realise that's non early on enough. So, this twelvemonth I was at that spot at 5:30am. It was already crowded. The whole local community takes exercise every bit Kathu is real much a Chinese-Thai expanse in addition to takes pride inwards beingness the source of the festival.

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(above) Saying prayers at Kathu shrine - this photograph taken at 5:40am on 1st October.

I attain got taken plenty of the confront piercing photos over the years in addition to Kathu has plenty of that. This twelvemonth I wanted to test in addition to capture what was happening within the shrine every bit the entranced Ma Song came to the shrine earlier heading exterior to larn pierced. Managed to detect a photograph advantage indicate side past times side to the original "altar". I mean value video would live better, volition test that side past times side year. The Ma Song are sitting roughly the shrine in addition to so suddenly, 1 past times 1 or inwards small-scale groups, they showtime to grunt in addition to milkshake their heads in addition to inwards some cases trip the lite fantastic wildly, slam their hands downwards on the altar in addition to are dressed inwards their ceremonial outfits past times their helpers. Hard to larn a photograph inwards the dim lite amongst the photographic goggle box camera I was using (an onetime Panasonic G1). The sense was worth to a greater extent than than the photos.

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(above) Ma Song at the altar within Kathu shrine, almost 6am on 1st October

Outside things larn existent busy after 6am. Ma Song are exiting the shrine every infinitesimal in addition to finding a identify to sit down in addition to larn pierced. There are manly mortal in addition to woman mortal Ma Song hither at Kathu although most of the ladies are non pierced. It was non long earlier the procession started to bird upward in addition to larn attain for the walk to Phuket Thailand Town - it's something similar 7km from Kathu, quite a walk on a hot solar daytime peculiarly if yous are carrying extra weight.

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(above) Face piercing at Kathu shrine, almost 6:20am 1st October

Not long after the higher upward photograph was taken, the Ma Song showtime the walk to town. The procession seems a fleck random, amongst people setting off when they are ready. I waited a piece exterior the shrine, every bit my favourite exercise of the procession is inwards the parent - groups of guys carrying statues of the gods, in addition to local residents throw firecrakers or hang long strips of firecrackers on bamboo poles in addition to dangle them overhead every bit the gods are carried past. If yous arrive the view of this, it's best to article of apparel ear plugs in addition to a mask.

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(above) Carrying the gods through the firecracker tempest inwards Kathu village. This is all the same earlier 7am. The streets larn carpeted inwards cherry-red firecracker debris. I'd forgotten to larn a mask in addition to a yoke of times had to shell a hasty retreat every bit the smoke was also much.

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(above) The parent of the procession. This particular Ma Song, a immature guy, seems to accept on the bird of a bent onetime man, walking amongst a stick. It is said that the Ma Song are possessed past times spirits. I attain got no thought what is true, I attain got no argue to uncertainty what I come across amongst my ain eyes. If non true, at that spot are some damn fine actors inwards Phuket Thailand!

On the terminal black of the festival at that spot is a huge procession inwards Phuket Thailand Town amongst Ma Song (not pierced) in addition to hundreds of god statues beingness carried through the streets. I had never been into town on the terminal black until this year. Earlier inwards the even out all the shrines attain got a ceremony called "Crossing the span for purification" - we'd been into Kathu for this a few years agone in addition to it was a lovely even out (Phuket Thailand-vegetarian-festival-2014-part-1">see here). The crazy terminal black procession ever seemed a fleck too crazy to me, but this year, properly equipped (long trousers, running shoes, long sleeved white shirt, facemask, cotton fiber wool plugs for the ears) it was fourth dimension to larn a novel experience. And it was worth the effort. I volition surely become 1 time again side past times side year, armed amongst a ameliorate photographic goggle box camera I promise in addition to a ameliorate cognition of where to larn the best views. I went inwards amongst the identify unit of measurement although my married adult woman in addition to kids before long retreated to a condom distance, in addition to met Phuket Thailand-vegetarian-festival-2014-part-1">Tim along Phuket Thailand Road close the large roadside shrine fix past times the Phuket Thailand Town municipality. At 1 indicate amongst the smoke getting also much I retreated behind this shrine in addition to constitute myself standing cyberspace to the Mayor of Phuket Thailand Town!

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few photos ... I tried to larn unopen to the action!

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The procession goes on from almost 9:30 / 10pm until midnight or later. As I was at that spot amongst the family, I did non remain also belatedly - the photos higher upward were all taken roughly 10pm. It gets wilder afterward on. I mean value I ameliorate aim to live inwards town until after midnight side past times side year. This was simply a taster! While waiting on Phuket Thailand Road for to a greater extent than of the procession to top I became aware through the constant din of firecrackers that the side past times side street over (Montri Road) seemed noisier, so I constitute a shortcut in addition to constitute myself inwards the view of a firestorm! Along amongst the firecrackers, piles of newspaper were beingness burnt inwards the street every bit the gods were carried past. Chaos in addition to 1 facemask was non enough! But every bit the madness eased for a 2nd I got 1 of my favourite photos from this year's festival.

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Finally a brusk video. I was using a real basic Lumix photographic goggle box camera on this terminal night, but I mean value amongst a piddling preparation, similar wrapping the photographic goggle box camera upward inwards fabric in addition to plastic, a dainty photographic goggle box camera would in all probability survive! Anyway, the Lumix had a video setting, so here's a piddling outburst of madness ...



And that simply almost does it for the 2014 Phuket Thailand Vegetarian Festival, except at that spot is a 2nd festival this twelvemonth from 24th Oct until 2nd November, every bit at that spot are two 9th lunar months. I attain got no details of what volition hap during this 2nd festival. I larn the impression that the response is "not much" except for perhaps some other nine days of vegetarian nutrient for the faithful? I'll transportation whatever information that arises on my Facebook Page or yous tin lavatory follow me on Twitter for Phuket Thailand intelligence in addition to more. See yous inwards Phuket Thailand!
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