Hundred-year traditions are hard to come by in any family, but what happens when it involves an entire town? Puli Township goes vegetarian for one week every twelve years. Why? Religion.
Every 12 years, Puli Township in Central Taiwan’s Nantou County comes together and goes vegetarian for a week. You won’t find any meat at any food stalls, and you won’t be able to satisfy your carnivorous cravings by purchasing it at a market -- either super or traditional. Why the move away from meat? Religion. This week-long town-wide veggie-binge is part of a hundred-year tradition. When something is that integrated into a local culture, enterprise can’t possibly beat out a one-hundred year heritage, right?
Well, one potsticker vendor in Puli was found dishing out meat during the crucial week… and what do people think? Well they’re pretty forgiving. One woman says there are still students, tourists, and followers of other religions in the area that don’t necessarily have to partake in the custom.
The township government says that it won’t be twisting any arms. If you want to go veggie for the week then go veggie. If not, it just asks you to respect your fellow citizen.