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It looks as if the objects, pierced through the bodies of the participants in the processions (the participants call themselves "media") become larger every year. The person on the left hand side picture can not even hold his "piercing" by himself any more. Later on this page it becomes even worse!
Flower baskets (very likely donated by the owner of some flower business) and even a huge tv antenna were used in the processions of 2008!
On the left hand side picture some large daggers were pierced through the faces of the "mediums". On the right hand side picture you can see that not only men, but also women pierce their faces (bodies) for the processions during the Vegetarian Festival.
Of course, a Chinese Festival (as the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket is) is never complete without large amounts of fireworks, as can be seen on the left. The right hand side picture shows a "medium", drinking donated tea at a small shrine.
The left hand side picture shows another female "medium". The right hand side picture shows a large Chinese dragon, participating in the procession.