On Dominicus Oct 2nd, I was inwards Phuket Town dainty too early on (about 7:30am) amongst Mum too Dad for 2 reasons… Of course, the vegetarian festival was on from 26th September – sixth October, too on the forenoon of the 2d was 1 of the big street processions from the Bang Neow shrine inwards Phuket Town – I was inwards town terminal twelvemonth for the procession from this shrine too got lots of practiced photos – consider Bang Neow Shrine Vegetarian Procession 2010. Also, Oct 2d was the appointment of the Worldwide Photo Walk, something which I stimulate got done inwards 2010 too 2009. Groups of photographers all over the basis stimulate got a walk inwards their habitation towns all on the same twenty-four hours – to a greater extent than information at the Worldwide Photo Walk website.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is (I think) somewhat misunderstood. The images that come upwardly out of the festival are unremarkably those of pierced faces. And for sure that’s what I stimulate got concentrated on for the terminal twain of years. The blood too the daze value is for sure a existent purpose of the festival too the terminal post service on this weblog from Sam Kong shrine shows a lot of the piercings. This twelvemonth I stimulate got already tried to exhibit to a greater extent than of the festival – the opening pole raising ceremony too an evening procession inwards Kathu hamlet stimulate got been blogged amongst hardly whatsoever blood inwards sight! And for this photowalk twenty-four hours I also decided to endeavour too await to a greater extent than at the tradition too the abide by shown past times the local people to those inwards the processions. In other words, to a greater extent than photos of the people watching rather than the pierced faces.
This lady was sitting exterior her describe of piece of occupation solid on Thalang route inwards the former town. I spotted her from across the route too a Thai lensman was already difficult at run on her.. then I joined in. Sometimes older folks don’t actually similar beingness photographed, but she was real gracious too did non heed a twain of lenses inwards her human face upwardly equally the procession passed. She volition stimulate got seen a lot of changes inwards Phuket. There won’t stimulate got been also many foreigners most when she was a kid, but I felt from her that the vegetarian festival way something real real. This is non a sideshow or outcome for tourism.
Not all of the Ma Song stimulate got pierced faces. The guy below was one-half walking, one-half running along the street waving his flag to scare off evil spirits too stopping at some of the small-scale shrines gear upwardly exterior houses too shops. He took a drinkable at this shrine. Sometimes the Ma Song volition stimulate got a slice of fruit from a shrine which volition hold out given to people along the procession route or placed on some other household shrine. One of the Ma Song handed me a whole bunch of bananas! Having no house to spot them I left them at the describe of piece of occupation solid I was standing adjacent to.
Having woken early on amongst no breakfast too later on a piece walking inwards the hot early on forenoon sun, I was create for breakfast. On Thalang route at that spot are quite a few small-scale restaurants, too a favourite of mine is the Kopitiam restaurant where they ever stimulate got practiced food, too during the vegetarian festival were doing some real tasty dishes. We ate inwards at that spot several times during the festival week! Around 8am I ordered Hokkien Mee – a real local way noodle dish.
The Kopitiam eating theatre is a menage unit of measurement run place. The same menage unit of measurement owns the herbal medicine store adjacent door too the Wilai eating theatre adjacent door to that! Very dainty people, at that spot are several generations of menage unit of measurement living here, which is the typical Thai way. The former folks are looked later on past times the immature folks. There are ever a few of the older generation around Kopitiam, some of whom are good into their 90’s!
From my spot inwards the eating theatre I had a ringside sentiment of the Ma Song who stopped to bless Kopitiam too the menage unit of measurement at their temporary shrine. There are to a greater extent than festival photos taken past times the menage unit of measurement on the Kopitiam Facebook Page.
Hmmm, no bloody pierced faces yet? I’ll hold out sure to spot that correct inwards the adjacent weblog post service which volition hold out most the Kathu Shrine procession which took house on fourth October. Meanwhile, hither are a twain of characters from the 2d Oct procession. Sometimes y’all don’t know where to await inwards these processions, at that spot is then much going on, too if y’all stimulate got never seen it before, it for sure is overwhelming.
The noise, the firecrackers, the unusual faces, the smoke from the incense, the white clothes, the rituals… non only overwhelming for kickoff timers .. I tried to snap some pictures of kids watching from the sidelines who were mayhap non 100% enjoying the forenoon 🙂 But they are learning. They are learning most the festival from their families, learning the traditions too the history. The vegetarian festival is hold out too good too is beingness handed downwards to the adjacent generation.
The photograph to a higher house is the 1 I decided to upload equally my “entry” to the Worldwide Photo Walk competition. Her human face upwardly says a lot! I know that the vegetarian festival may non hold out everyone’s loving cup of tea, but for me, this IS Phuket. Not the beaches too five star resorts too bars too nightlife too elephant rides too snorkeling, but this is the existent former Phuket that tin hold out difficult to find.
The procession on Oct 2d was all but over past times most 9:30am, too I headed to the real dainty Cafe 154, purpose of the Tim’s Blog, on my Mum’s blog (!) too on the Flickr Group for Phuket photographers. After a drinkable or two, nosotros posed for a photograph …
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