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Vegetarian week in Bangkok's China town
A "dragon" and its minders take part in the annual Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok. The event, known as kin jay in Chinese, is based on an early 19th-century legend about a Chinese traveler who was cured of a life-threatening illness by eating vegetarian food. Participants abstain from eating meat and fish for the duration of the nine-day festival.
A dragon parade winds its way through the center of Chinatown.
Traffic comes to a halt as festival participants parade through a busy intersection.
During the festival, vendors sell foods containing no meat or fish.
Bangkok Mass Transit System holds a free-lunch event for festival participants, with 4,000 people enjoying a vegetarian meal at no cost.
A restaurant in Chinatown serves a variety of vegetarian dishes, including som tam, a spicy papaya salad.
People pray to their ancestors at a shrine in Chinatown.
Women stand in front of an alter illuminated with candles.
Children offer sticks of incense at the shrine's altar.
People pray in San Jao Sieng Kong, an old shrine in Chinatown.
A man hangs yellow lanterns at Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, also in Chinatown.
Street vendors sell colorful soybean-based snacks made to look like vegetables.
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