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Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday in Korea

South Korea
Helena Sung

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Buddhism is a major religion in South Korea. Buddhist temples can be found in the cities and throughout the countryside. The ancient Buddhist symbol of good fortune and auspiciousness can be seen on many temples.
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Colorful lanterns and flags are strung throughout Buddhist temples in Korea to commemorate the Buddha's birthday, which is celebrated the first full moon in May. A Buddhist monk beats a drum.
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In Seoul, the Buddha's birthday is celebrated with a colorful parade called the Lotus Lantern Festival. Ladies wearing traditional Korean costumes called "hanbok" carry lanterns honoring the Buddha.
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Thousands of colored lanterns light the night sky for the Buddha's birthday celebration.
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Children light candles in honor of the Buddha's birthday.


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