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Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia

Buddhist monks and pilgrims celebrate Vesak Day, visiting and praying at three Buddhisht temples, walking from Mendut to Pawon and ending at Borobudur

Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Buddhist monks join the procession from Mendut temple to Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
A Buddhist monk prays at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Buddhist followers join the procession from Mendut temple to Borobudur temple as they received holy water from Buddhist monk during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Buddhist monks attend at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Pilgrims light candles as Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day at the Borobudur temple despite heavy rains on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June with the ceremony centering around three Buddhist temples; pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The holy day celebrates the birth, the enlightenment to nirvana, and the passing of Gautama Buddha's, the founder of Buddhism. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Indonesian police stands guard as Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day at the Borobudur temple despite heavy rains on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June with the ceremony centering around three Buddhist temples; pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The holy day celebrates the birth, the enlightenment to nirvana, and the passing of Gautama Buddha's, the founder of Buddhism. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
A Buddhist monk prays at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Monks and pilgrims pray at the Mendut temple during celebrations on Vesak Day May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June with the ceremony centering around three Buddhist temples; pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The holy day celebrates the birth, the enlightenment to nirvana, and the passing of Gautama Buddha's, the founder of Buddhism. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Buddhist monks attend at Borobudur temple during celebrations for Vesak Day on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing. (Getty Images)
Vesak Day celebrations in Indonesia
Monks prepare after prayers as Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day at the Borobudur temple despite heavy rains on May 25, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June with the ceremony centering around three Buddhist temples; pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The holy day celebrates the birth, the enlightenment to nirvana, and the passing of Gautama Buddha's, the founder of Buddhism. (Getty Images)