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Happy Birthday, Buddha! World Celebrates Vesak Day

Vesak Day is observed annually during the full moon in May or June, celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Buddha.

. Buddhist monks carry jars of holy water for supplies on Vesak Day, commonly known as "Buddha's birthday" during a holy water ceremony on May 13 in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak Day is observed during the full moon in May or June, celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and the passing of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images

. Myanmar devotees offer prayers at the Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of the Kasone Festival to mark Buddha's birthday in Yangon. Ye Aung Thu / AFP - Getty Images

. Cambodian Buddhist monks stand in a truck next to a Buddha portrait during Vesak Day celebrations at a pagoda in Takeo province, Cambodia, on Tuesday. Mak Remissa / EPA

. Young Cambodian Buddhist monks dress for Vesak Day celebrations at a pagoda in Takeo province. Mak Remissa / EPA

. Cambodian Buddhist followers carry offerings during Vesak Day celebrations in Takeo province on Tuesday. Mak Remissa / EPA

. A devotee prays before a "three steps one bow" ceremony at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on the eve of Vesak Day in Singapore. Edgar Su / Reuters

. Buddhist devotees pour water on a sacred tree at the Shwedagon pagoda to mark Buddha's birthday in Yangon on Tuesday. Ye Aung Thu / AFP - Getty Images

. Monks hold candles as they pray during a ceremony to celebrate Buddha's birthday at the Yufo Temple in Shanghai on May 6. Aly Song / Reuters

. Buddhist devotees unfurl the 22-year-old, 196-foot-long sacred "thangka" during Vesak Day celebrations at a Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ipoh. Hundreds of devotees throng the temple to take part in the "Sunning Buddha Ritual," with traditional beliefs that sunning the thangka will allow it to absorb the powers of the sun and promote peace, harmony, success and good health for the rest of the year. Manan Vatsyayana / AFP - Getty Images

. Buddhist monks perform the "three steps, one bow" ceremony at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Singapore on Monday. Edgar Su / Reuters

. 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. Samsul Said / Reuters

. Worshippers pray beneath lanterns during a ceremony marking Buddha's birthday at the Jogyesa temple in Seoul on May 6. Buddha's birthday in South Korea is celebrated with a week-long festival usually ending on the same day as Vesak Day in other parts of Asia. Ed Jones / AFP - Getty Images