Every year, the residents of Nem Thuong, a tiny village just outside of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, gather on the sixth day of the lunar new year to celebrate Doan Thuong, a 13th century anti-imperial general and the village’s guardian deity.
This year’s festival fell on January 28, and as tradition dictates, an enormous pig was first paraded around the town on a cart before it was ceremoniously cleaved in two. Spectators are then invited to soak their bank notes in the pig’s blood for good luck in the New Year.
But the practice has drawn anger from animal rights groups, who have circulated an on-line petition demanding an end to the “brutal festival”.
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