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Buddha's birthday celebrations around the world

World | News18.com | May 11, 2017, 2:45 pm
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Indonesia: A statue of Buddha at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 10, 2017 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the Borobudur temple annually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. It is observed during the full moon in May or June, with the ceremony centered at three Buddhist temples by walking from Mendut to Pawon and ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing (Parinirvana). (Image: Getty Images)

Indonesia: A statue of Buddha at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 10, 2017 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the Borobudur temple annually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. It is observed during the full moon in May or June, with the ceremony centered at three Buddhist temples by walking from Mendut to Pawon and ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing (Parinirvana). (Image: Getty Images)

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Malaysia: Monks wearing magnificent costumes and masks perform prayers before the Thangka, or traditional painting of Lord Buddha, is unveiled at a Tibetan temple during Wesak day celebration in Ipoh, Malaysia, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Wesak Day, one of the holiest days for Buddhists, offers an opportunity for all followers to come together and celebrate not only Buddha's birthday, but also his enlightenment and achievement of nirvana. (Image: AP)

Malaysia: Monks wearing magnificent costumes and masks perform prayers before the Thangka, or traditional painting of Lord Buddha, is unveiled at a Tibetan temple during Wesak day celebration in Ipoh, Malaysia, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Wesak Day, one of the holiest days for Buddhists, offers an opportunity for all followers to come together and celebrate not only Buddha's birthday, but also his enlightenment and achievement of nirvana. (Image: AP)

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Nepal: Buddhists light butter lamp during Buddha Purnima at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival marks Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

Nepal: Buddhists light butter lamp during Buddha Purnima at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival marks Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

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Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Buddhist devotees offer prayers at a temple to mark Vesak full moon day or Buddha Purnima in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival marks Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Buddhist devotees offer prayers at a temple to mark Vesak full moon day or Buddha Purnima in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival marks Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

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Myanmar: Buddhist devotees sit among Buddha statues at Phaung-Taw-Chat-Ma Pagoda during the full-moon day of Kasone, also know as Buddha Day, at Lewe township, on the outskirts of Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Image: AP)

Myanmar: Buddhist devotees sit among Buddha statues at Phaung-Taw-Chat-Ma Pagoda during the full-moon day of Kasone, also know as Buddha Day, at Lewe township, on the outskirts of Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Image: AP)

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Bangladesh: A Bangladeshi Buddhist family offer prayers in front of a statue of Buddha during Buddha Purnima in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival marks Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

Bangladesh: A Bangladeshi Buddhist family offer prayers in front of a statue of Buddha during Buddha Purnima in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival marks Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

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India: An Indian woman prays near a Buddha statue on Buddha Purnima in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival commemorates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

India: An Indian woman prays near a Buddha statue on Buddha Purnima in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The festival commemorates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Image: AP)

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Indonesia: A Buddhist monk receives religious alms from a Buddhist follower child as they walk around the streets during Pindapata procession on May 10, 2017 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. on May 10, 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Image: Getty Images)

Indonesia: A Buddhist monk receives religious alms from a Buddhist follower child as they walk around the streets during Pindapata procession on May 10, 2017 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. on May 10, 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Image: Getty Images)