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In photos: Buddha’s Birthday celebrated across Asia

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30.05.2018

BUDDHISTS across Southeast Asia celebrated the Buddha’s Birthday also known as Vesak on Tuesday.

Every year in May Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Gautama Buddha, and is marked as a public holiday across many countries in the region.

It is typically celebrated with praying at temples, the lighting of lanterns, giving food to the needy and providing offerings of incense and joss sticks.

Vietnamese Buddhists pour scented water as they bath a statue of the child Buddha during Vesak Day celebrations which commemorates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and his entry into Nirvana at Quan Su pagoda, in Hanoi, Vietnam May 29, 2018. Source: Reuters/ Kham

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Buddhists carry candles as they pray during the Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death, at a temple in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 29, 2018. Source: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

In Buddhist-majority Thailand, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha urged Buddhists to continue observing Buddhism’s five moral precepts and attend a wien thien ceremony to mark the day, reported the Bangkok Post.

Buddhists pray during the........

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