A Thai woman prays at Thian Fah Chinese temple in Bangkok, Thailand,Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. to mark of the Vegetarian Festival. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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Thailand's annual vegetarian festival kicked off this week, a time of year when the Southeast Asian country's meat-heavy dishes get a vegetarian makeover.Known locally as 'Teskan Gin Jay', or vegan festival, it takes place over ten days and began over 150 years ago on the tourist island of Phuket, some 840 km (520 miles) south of Bangkok.Part of a third-generation Thai-Chinese family which has been selling food in Chinatown for over a hundred years, she believes abstaining from meat is a direct ticket to heaven.
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