Celebrating Vesak Day

Published May 7, 2012
Novice Buddhist monks attend a Vesak Day ceremony at the Udong mountain in Kandal province May 5, 2012. ? Photo by Reuters.
Novice Buddhist monks attend a Vesak Day ceremony at the Udong mountain in Kandal province May 5, 2012. ? Photo by Reuters.
A Sri Lankan Buddhist lights an oil lamp during Vesak at the Temple in Colombo on May 5, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
A Sri Lankan Buddhist lights an oil lamp during Vesak at the Temple in Colombo on May 5, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
A young Sri Lankan Buddhist monk gestures during a morning walk for alms during the annual Buddhist festival of Vesakha in Colombo on May 6, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
A young Sri Lankan Buddhist monk gestures during a morning walk for alms during the annual Buddhist festival of Vesakha in Colombo on May 6, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
Indonesian Buddhist monks release a lantern after praying at the Borobudur temple during the Vesak festival in Magelang on May 6, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
Indonesian Buddhist monks release a lantern after praying at the Borobudur temple during the Vesak festival in Magelang on May 6, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
Indonesian Buddhist monks pray at the Borobudur temple during the Vesak festival in Magelang on May 6, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
Indonesian Buddhist monks pray at the Borobudur temple during the Vesak festival in Magelang on May 6, 2012. ? Photo by AFP.
Buddhist devotees arrive at Gangaramaya temple on Vesak day in Colombo May 05, 2012. The festival, celebrated on May 5, commemorates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha and his attainment of Nirvana. ? Photo by Reuters.
Buddhist devotees arrive at Gangaramaya temple on Vesak day in Colombo May 05, 2012. The festival, celebrated on May 5, commemorates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha and his attainment of Nirvana. ? Photo by Reuters.
Buddhist novice monks walk down a road asking for alms one day after Vesak Day in Colombo May 6, 2012. ? Photo by Reuters.
Buddhist novice monks walk down a road asking for alms one day after Vesak Day in Colombo May 6, 2012. ? Photo by Reuters.

Vesak day is a major holiday in the predominantly-Buddhist island nation, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha. – Photo by Agencies.

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