Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15m-high great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji temple in the ancient capital of Nara, in western Japan. People visit the temple in the belief that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year. Read more
A Nepalese man sweeps the stairs of the Boudhanath Stupa during Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha Purnima, festival in Katmandu, Nepal, on Wednesday.
A child drops coins into golden Buddha statues as a symbol of blessings on Vesak day at the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday
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The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone festival to mark Buddha’s birthday in Yangon, Myanmar. The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni Read more
A man attaches prayer petitions, with names written on cards, to lotus lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha, at Jogye temple in Seoul. Buddha’s birthday falls on May 6 this year for countries in east Asia, except Japan. Read more
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About 150 Buddhist monks and believers on Wednesday wipe and sweep the 15m-tall Great Buddha statue that was built in 752 AD, at Todaiji Temple in Nara, western Japan. Monks and volunteers cleaned a year’s worth of grime from the Great Buddha for the annual sprucing up.
Buddhist monks in Thailand set lights at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok as part of the Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies on Friday. On this day devout Buddhists and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha; his birth, his enlightenment and his death. The day is recognised as the most important in Buddhist calender Read more
Children attend the Children Becoming Buddhist Monks ceremony at a Chogye temple on Friday in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of Buddha’s birthday. The children will stay at the temple for 14 days to learn about Buddhism. Buddha was born about 2,557 years ago and his official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which falls on May 17 this year. Read more