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Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday

Buddhists in South Korea have taken part in a colourful lantern festival to mark the birthday of Buddha, who was born 2,558 years ago. The festival was also used to commemorate the victims of the recently sunken ferry ship.

Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)
Lantern festival for Buddha's birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha and to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol on April 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Getty Images)