Budda's birthday celebrations

Budha's birthday or Vesak Day is an yearly celebration arranged by Buddhists worldwide to the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. Vesak is observed every year during the full moon occurring in May or June. [55 Shots]

Budda's birthday celebrations

1. South Korean workers hang lanterns to prepare for the celebration of the birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Lee Jin-man / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

2. Malaysian Buddhists from Tzu Chi Foundation pray during a ceremony for the upcoming Buddha's birthday, locally called Wesak Day, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, May 8, 2011. The "three-in-one" event also marked Mother's Day and Global Tzu Chi Day, which honored their founder. Vincent Thian / AP

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3. Malaysian Buddhists from Tzu Chi Foundation pray during a ceremony for the upcoming Buddha's birthday, locally known as Wesak Day, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Vincent Thian / AP

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4. A shaven-headed young boy yawns as others put their hands together during a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. A group of children entered the temple, the main temple of Korean Buddhism's Chogye Order, to experience a monk's life for a month to celebrate Buddha's birthday on May 10. Lee Jin-man / AP

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5. Shaven-headed young boys wearing 3-D glasses touch smart phones at SK Telecom Ubiquitous Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 9, 2011. Lee Jin-man / AP

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6. Shaven-headed young boys wearing 3-D glasses watch a 3-D TV monitors at SK Telecom Ubiquitous Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 9, 2011. Lee Jin-man / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

7. Shaven-headed young boys participate at SK Telecom Ubiquitous Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 9, 2011. Lee Jin-man / AP

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8. A shaven-headed young boy takes a nap during a break at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 2, 2011. Lee Jin-man / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

9. Shaven-headed young boys leave after a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. A group of children entered the temple, the main temple of Korean Buddhism's Chogye Order, to experience a monk's life for a month to celebrate Buddha's birthday on May 10. Lee Jin-man / AP

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10. South Korean Buddhists walk around a pagoda during a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Hyonji temple in Chuncheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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11. South Korean Buddhist monks line up to walk around a pagoda, unseen, in a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Hyonji temple in Chuncheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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12. One of South Korean Buddhists kneels down and offers a prayer with other participants in a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Hyonji temple in Chuncheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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13. South Korean Buddhists have their hands together in prayer during a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Lee Jin-man / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

14. Under colorful lanterns, South Korean Buddhists put their hands together in prayer during a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Lee Jin-man / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

15. South Korean Buddhists carry lanterns during a lantern festival to celebrate the birthday of Buddha, which falls on May 10, at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

16. South Korean Buddhists carry lanterns during a lantern festival to celebrate the birthday of Buddha, which falls on May 10, at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

17. A worker attaches the name tag of a Buddhist who made a donation to a lantern to celebrate the birthday of Buddha, which falls on May 10, at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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Visitors take their souvenir pictures under lanterns to celebrate the birthday of Buddha, which falls on May 10, at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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19. South Korean Buddhist monks carry lanterns during a lantern festival to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha on May 10, on a street in Seoul, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

20. South Korean Buddhists carry a huge dragon lantern during a lantern festival to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha on May 10, on a street in Seoul, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

21. South Korean Buddhists carry lanterns during a lantern festival to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha on May 10, on a street in Seoul, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

22. South Korean Buddhists carry huge lanterns during a lantern festival to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha on May 10, on a street in Seoul, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

23. South Korean Buddhists carry lanterns during a lantern festival to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha on May 10, on a street in Seoul, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Budda's birthday celebrations

24. South Korean Buddhists wearing traditional dresses carry lanterns during a lantern festival to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha on May 10, on a street in Seoul, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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25. South Korean little monks stand on the platform of a lift under lanterns to celebrate Buddha's upcoming birthday on May 10 at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 6, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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26. A dog lies down calmly on the floor as South Korean Buddhists monks participate in a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at Hyonji temple in Chuncheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Ahn Young-joon / AP

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27. A Taiwanese girl prays after washing a statue of baby Buddha on Taiwan's national Buddha's birthday in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Buddhists in Taiwan celebrate his birthday by using fragrant water to bathe statues of Buddha. Chiang Ying-ying / AP

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28. A mother assists her child to wash a statue of baby Buddha on Taiwan's national Buddha's birthday in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Chiang Ying-ying / AP

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29. Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha statue during Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, at a temple in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok May 17. This year marks 2600th anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment. The image was taken using a long exposure. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)

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30. Buddhists monks attend a ceremony during Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, at Wat Dharmmakaya in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok May 17. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Budda's birthday celebrations

31. Indonesian muslim woman with Buddhist followers release a lantern into the air at the Borobudur temple during Vesak Day, commonly known as 'Buddha's birthday', at the Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument on May 17 in Magelang, Indonesia. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument anually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. It is observed during the full moon in May or June, with the ceremony centred at three Buddhist temples by walking from Mendut to Pawon and ending at Borobudur. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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32. Buddhists believers meditate during a ceremony on Vesak Day, at Wat Dharmmakaya in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

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33. Buddhist monks pray at Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Budda's birthday celebrations

34. A giant Vesak Day display featuring a seated Buddha during the annual Buddhist festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Lakruwan Wanniatachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

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35. Buddhist followers in meditation at the Borobudur temple during Vesak Day, commonly known as 'Buddha's birthday', at the Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument on May 17 in Magelang, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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36. A view of Borobudur temple is illuminated as buddhist monks walked around it during Vesak Day May 17. ( Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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37. Buddhist monks join the procession from Mendut temple to Borobudur temple on Vesak Day, commonly known as 'Buddha's birthday', at the Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument on May 17 in Magelang, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)#

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38. Buddhist followers light candles at the Borobudur temple during Vesak Day. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument anually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. It is observed during the full moon in May or June. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Budda's birthday celebrations

39. Buddhist followers release a lantern into the air at Borobudur temple during Vesak Day. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Budda's birthday celebrations

40. Buddhist devotees arrive at a temple to attend a religious ceremony on Vesak day in Colombo May 17. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Budda's birthday celebrations

41. Buddhists carry candles while encircling Wat Dharmmakaya during Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Budda's birthday celebrations

42. Buddhist monks wash and sprinkle flowers on the statue of reclining Buddha at the Dhammadipa Arama temple in Malang town in Eastern Java province as they celebrate Vesak Day on May 17. (Aman Rochman/AFP/Getty Images)

Budda's birthday celebrations

43. A Buddhist monk uses a radio as he gives instructions to others arriving for a prayer during Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, at Wat Dharmmakaya in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok May 17. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

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44. A resident gives a donation to Buddhists monks ahead of a Vesak Day procession in Magelang, central Java, May 16. Buddhists in Indonesia will celebrate Vesak Day on Tuesday to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. (Dwi Oblo/Reuters)

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45. A Sri Lankan street vendor speaks with a customer as lanterns hang for sale on the eve of Vesak Festival in Colombo on May 16, 2011 as the predominantly Buddhist country awaits the celebration of Vesak on the full moon. Vesak is a thrice-blessed day for Buddhists as it commemorates the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha. On Vesak Day, lanterns made from bamboo frames and decoratedd in coloured paper are hung inside every home and illuminated displays decorate the streets. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

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46. Buddhist monks attend an alms offering ceremony in Bangkok's shopping district May 8. Buddhist monks, numbering 12,600, according to organisers, attended the ceremony on Vesak Day, the annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. The event was organised to pay homage to the Lord Buddha and to give moral support to the Buddhist monks and novices from the troubled southern provinces of Thailand. This year marks 2600th anniversary of the Buddha's enlightenment. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

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47. Thousands of Buddhist monks walk among believers during an alms offering ceremony in Bangkok's shopping district May 8. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Budda's birthday celebrations

48. A Buddhist monk prays at Borobudur temple on Vesak Day, commonly known as 'Buddha's birthday', at the Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument on May 17. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Budda's birthday celebrations

49. Taken with a long exposure Buddhists carry candles while encircling Wat Dharmmakaya during Vesak Day, in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok May 17. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

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50. A full moon is seen at Borobudur temple during Vesak Day, commonly known as 'Buddha's birthday', at the Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument on May 17 in Magelang, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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51. Devotees scatter flower petals on a Buddha statue on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival, also know as Vesak Day, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad May 17. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

Budda's birthday celebrations

52. A devotee offers prayers at a Buddhist temple on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival, also know as Vesak Day, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh May 17. (Ajay Verma/Reuters)

Budda's birthday celebrations

53. Buddhist monks from Bangladesh parade on a street during a ceremony to mark the religious week coinciding with Vesak, or the Buddha Full Moon Day, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, May 15. (Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press)

Budda's birthday celebrations

54. Buddhist monks give holy flowers to Budhist members as they join the procession from Mendut temple to Borobudur temple on Vesak Day. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Budda's birthday celebrations

55. Buddhist devotees release flying lanterns during Vesak Day celebrations at the ancient Borobudur temple in Magelang town in Central Java province on May 17. The temple believed to be built in the 8th century becomes the center of prayer and devotion on Vesak Day, as Buddhists in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia commemorates the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha. (Clara Prima/AFP/Getty Images)

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