Hundreds of Thai men with swords, spears, metal tubes and various sharp objects pierced through their cheeks and other body parts took to the streets to celebrate their annual vegetarian festival.
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The Vegetarian Festival is a nine-day period in October that celebrates the abstinence from meat during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
During this period eating meat, drinking alcohol and having s.ex are thought to be vices and pollutants of the body and mind to be cut out entirely by the truly devoted.