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Thousands of people have yesterday joined a Chinese ceremony as part of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. About 2,200 locals and tourists gathered along the roadside during the Yu Keng parade.  The ceremony participants paid respects and lit fireworks to call upon gods, in accordance with traditional Chinese beliefs. Many of the tourists who took part in the ceremony were from Malaysia and Singapore.  Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and his delegation also joined the parade of Chinese deities statues. Phiphat stated that the Ministry of Culture had selected the Vegetarian Festival as one of Thailand’s cultural heritages that made Phuket proud.  […]

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