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Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Anually, Phuket celebrates the Vegetarian Festival, where devotees would have to wear white and be devoted to a vegetarian diet. It is believed that this would purify them as abstinence is a test of one's self discipline and penance. Some would even go as far as to perform self-mutilation to take in the evil of others, bringing good luck to the rest of the community. During these nine days, firecrackers are showered all over Phuket, especially during street processions, where it is thought that this drives away evil spirits. While this festival dates all the way back to 1825, it is encouraging to see that the cultures and traditions are carried on from generation to generation, and with such a strong support from the local community, it is safe to say the fire of the Vegetarian Festival is not going to be extinguished anytime soon.