Pig is fed with food as it is carried around Nem Thuong village during a festival at the village in Bac Ninh

Source: Reuters - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:02 AM
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A pig is fed with food as it is carried around Nem Thuong village during a festival at the village in Bac Ninh, north of Hanoi, February 24, 2015. Organized by the villagers, the festival is held on the sixth day of the first month of the lunar calendar to worship the village's deity Doan Thuong, an anti-royal military general who lived in 13th century. Every year, thousands of people from the village and nearby villages will gather to smear the blood of the pig on their banknotes in the belief that it would bring luck in the new year. The festival is known as the most brutal in the country and is condemned by many, including some who called on the government to stop the festival. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)