May 12

Asian Geographic - - WEST ASIA -

soUTh Korea BUD­DHA’S BIRTH­DAY

Yeon De­ung Hoe, or Lo­tus Lantern Fes­ti­val, is held an­nu­ally on Bud­dha’s birth­day (eighth day of the fourth lu­nar month) and fes­tiv­i­ties are held at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Bud­dhist tem­ples. At­ten­dees can not only en­joy tra­di­tional lantern ex­hi­bi­tions but also revel in the ex­u­ber­ant lantern pa­rades and cul­tural per­for­mances. In other Asian coun­tries, it is also cel­e­brated with Bud­dhist rites, prayer, street pro­ces­sions and lav­ish tem­ple dec­o­ra­tions on other days in May.

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