Vegetable Festival–self mutilation

Sawadee Khrap

Although very common in Phuket during the Thai Vegetable Festival, Yesterday, I _MG_9570finally witnessed the Chinese Taoist practice of self-mutilation right here in Pattaya.  This group was going from business to business – with strings of firecrackers before them, scaring off the evil spirits, sprinkling holy water and prayers._MG_9660_MG_9576  The official start of the Festival in Pattaya will begins today on Oct 12th –14th.  I am not sure I will be able to get some shots as the traffic will be madding – and I really hate crowds.  Here’s a


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of the group I saw.