BangkokMap: Vegetarian Festival - The Crazy In Conclusion Night

Until in conclusion year, I had entirely heard that the in conclusion nighttime procession inwards Phuket Thailand Town, mark the cease of the vegetarian festival, was "a chip mad". And I had seen alive coverage on local TV alongside firecrackers beingness thrown everywhere every bit statues of the ix emperor gods were paraded through the streets as well as Ma Song (the possessed spirit mediums) danced alongside firecrackers exploding around their bare feet. Over the in conclusion 10 years I lead maintain been to plenty of festival events, seen plenty of blood as well as pierced faces as well as walked through the morn processions also featuring lots of firecrackers. Somehow that in conclusion nighttime e'er seemed a chip likewise crazy for me. I heard of people getting injured past times fireworks, hardly surprising every bit they are beingness thrown all over the place! Well, in conclusion twelvemonth I had a footling taster, went into town alongside my married adult woman as well as kids although they stayed good away from the crazy bits as well as I left past times almost 10:45pm - it goes on until after midnight. But I did larn yous lead maintain to live dressed properly - long sleeves, long trousers, shoes (not sandals), earplugs, facial expression upwards mask, as well as it's non for the faint-hearted!

So this twelvemonth I tried again, got dressed upwards inwards white, added a white towel for caput as well as cervix protection as well as headed into town almost 9:30pm. The primary activeness expanse is around the clock tower circle adjacent to the Metropole hotel, as well as I listen that the "Cue Bar" on the circle is a practiced house to spotter from .. mayhap adjacent year, although I create prefer to live inwards the street as well as experience the action! I institute boyfriend blogger Tim downwards past times the circle as well as nosotros waited alongside many others for the procession to begin.

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Along the streets were many tables filled alongside offerings of fruit as well as incense as well as candles. The Ma Song halt at the tables as well as accept offerings as well as distribute them to people inwards the crowd every bit they locomote past times by.

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Anyone driving through the streets on a scooter or machine was having firecrackers thrown at them - fifty-fifty alongside no procession the noise was fairly intense as well as face-masks essential to avoid breathing likewise much fume - actually, already planning for adjacent year, I'm going for a to a greater extent than industrial face-mask adjacent time, non simply a elementary 1 from the pharmacy. When things genuinely kicking off, genuinely a scuba laid would non live a bad idea!

The exact road of the procession I am non certain about. There are people coming from diverse directions from dissimilar shrines as well as they create wander all around the old town, but the circle is the good known pump of activities. Things started earlier 10pm every bit groups of guys carried statues of the gods as well as got pelted alongside fireworks from all sides. Only the brave! I was using entirely my squall upwards for photos. Still lacking a overnice photographic boob tube camera as well as non certain if I'd convey 1 anyway every bit cameras acquire coated inwards dust. I saw "pro" photographers as well as they had cameras all wrapped upwards inwards plastic. Another "maybe" for adjacent year!

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I tried dashing out into the street to accept quick snaps. I am non certain the iPhone was quite upwards to this challenge, the noise of the firecrackers played havoc alongside the display, creating bands of low-cal across the pictures. And I was getting a chip likewise unopen to beingness hitting past times fireworks. One did acquire me inwards the dorsum of the cervix as well as the fume would real rapidly acquire to live choking, thence it was a affair of dashing inwards for a photograph as well as and thence retreating! Very difficult to acquire a photograph alongside all the exploding lights as well as full general darkness, it's a chip of pot luck genuinely fifty-fifty alongside a practiced camera. I decided that some video mightiness locomote better.



(above) Some video taken alongside iPhone on the in conclusion nighttime of the vegetarian festival.

Maybe adjacent twelvemonth alongside a novel photographic boob tube camera that tin john also shoot video ... The procession passed past times the circle, Tim as well as I cutting through to the adjacent street where the procession was straight off passing having done a footling loop circular the old town. In a narrower street I institute the firecracker fume genuinely tin john live a chip nasty. You genuinely create demand to live prepared. I saw 1 guy watching alongside no facemask, trying to comprehend his facial expression upwards alongside his hand. I had a spare mask inwards my bag as well as gave it to him.

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(above) So, the guys on the left are asset strings of firecrackers on bamboo poles higher upwards the grouping of guys carrying a god statue, patch their helpers on the correct drive to role towels to fan away the fume a bit! It is simply a footling chip nuts! Well, I'd pretty much had plenty past times 11pm, although genuinely had wanted to follow the procession downwards to the body of body of water at Sapan Hin to run across what goes on there. But .. likewise much smoke. I institute a quite side street as well as a stall selling mutual frigidity orangish juice. Much needed! And then, walking dorsum to the machine which was parked on tranquillity Thalang Road, I institute some other department of the procession heading through the old town. Still crazy, but non quite every bit crazy every bit downwards past times the circle. And alongside old buildings to brand a overnice photo!

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(above) Passing past times the sometime Standard Chartered bank, built inwards 1907 every bit Phuket Thailand Town grew rich from tin mining. I wonder what the vegetarian festival was similar then?

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(above) Last nighttime procession inwards old Phuket Thailand Town.

Headed domicile past times almost 11:30pm. Could nevertheless odour fume two days later. Clothes nevertheless smelled of fume after beingness washed! Yes, it's a footling crazy, but non likewise bad alongside some preparation. Need a improve mask, mightiness demand a hat, as well as I intend adjacent twelvemonth I'll adventure a overnice camera! Well, the vegetarian festival is done for some other year. What's next?

Related pages on Jamie's Phuket Thailand

Phuket Thailand-vegetarian-festival-my-favourite">Phuket Thailand Vegetarian Festival - More Information
Phuket Thailand-vegetarian-festival-my-favourite">Vegetarian Festival 2015 - Part 1
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