Didn't use 'Jarrod' button, Doh!, so did see locked thread.
I go over every year but hadn't even heard about it until five years ago, as it was the first time I was there when it was going on and someone locally I know suggested going.
I was due to go over this year on 1st December but had to change the date(nothing to do with festival), for the 18th.
I'd totally forgotten about it until I saw it reported in the local 'comic' here.
My thoughts. I don't agree with it due to the cruelty prior to the festival. It's their culture but seems a 'tad' excessive in the amount of animals sacrificed.
Depending on which history/origins you read, maybe they'd get less bad press if they just drew blood from five parts of their own body or sacrificed children instead.
Everyone I know over there disagrees with it when asked. Even if they did agree, they probably wouldn't admit it to me.
p.s. I love curry but not too spicy.
Screenshot shamelessly nicked from another thread.