Krabi Vegetarian Festival Parade

The vegetarian festival in Thailand is called “Tet-sa-gan Gin Je” (Thai: เทศกาลกินเจ).  It is the celebration of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.  Je (Thai: เจ) is the word for vegetarian.  But it really means vegan with additional restrictions.  Like vegans, dairy is not allowed.  Also not allowed are garlic, onions, alcohol, and sex.  A few days ago there was a parade in Krabi Town.  Parades in Thailand are pretty much like parades in America.

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There are spectators anxiously awaiting the start of the parade.  

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There are participants marching down the parade route carrying banners for the organization they represent. In this case, one of the 80+ Chinese temples in Krabi.

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There are people taking pictures.

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There are floats. Though they are not as elaborate as in America. These are just some small statues on top of the cab of a pickup truck.

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There are elaborate costumes.

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There are cute kids having a fun time.

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There is the blood…

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And the tongue slashing.

Wait.  What!?  I’m pretty sure we don’t have this in America.  Now that I think of it, parades in Thailand are nothing at all like parades in America.

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It was very crowded. Difficult to tell participants from spectators. Spectators would creep in closer and closer. Many people walking through the parade. Then everyone would get pushed back when a float / pickup truck needed to go by, only to creep back in a moment later.

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Then there are the piercings. Some are very gruesome as you will see later.

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It’s not just the women that pierce their cheeks.

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All sorts of objects are used for piercing.

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Unfortunately I didn’t get a very good picture but look closely. This guy has two weed wackers! One in each cheek.

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Every now and then the parade would stop and the tongue slashers would put on a little show.

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Even the little kids get in on the piercing action.

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This guy appears to have pierced his cheek with a broken wheel from a motorbike.

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Most of the people appeared to be in some kind of a trance-like state.

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Plenty of blood.

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A little hard to see but they guy squatting down is dancing directly over firecrackers.

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Show from another group of tongue slashers.

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Bloody!

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Hoses!

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Knives! And Thread?

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He was flinging blood everywhere.

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Saw guy again. Really getting into it.

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Seems rather tame now.

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More costumes.

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And an ambulance in case anyone gets hurt.

Well, it was interesting.  I’ve been observing the festival with my girlfriend for 8 days now.  It started on the 12th and goes to the 21st.  Two more days and I can eat a hamburger and drink some beer.

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