In pictures: South-East Asian countries celebrate Buddha’s birth anniversary

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Buddhist monks clean a statue of Lord Buddha inside a temple ahead of the Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Kolkata. Buddha Purnima is a festival celebrated with great fervour in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/REUTERS)

Buddhist monks clean a statue of Lord Buddha inside a temple ahead of the Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Kolkata. Buddha Purnima is a festival celebrated with great fervour in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/REUTERS)

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Monks leading devotees pray outside the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) during a ritual on the eve of Vesak day in Singapore. Vesak Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment of Buddha, and is celebrated by Buddhists in Asia. (Roslan Rahman/AFP)

Monks leading devotees pray outside the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) during a ritual on the eve of Vesak day in Singapore. Vesak Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment of Buddha, and is celebrated by Buddhists in Asia. (Roslan Rahman/AFP)

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Cambodian Buddhist devotees offer prayers to mark the Visak Bochea Day celebrations at Oudong hill, in Kandal province northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It falls on a full moon day in the month of Vaisakh (April/May) according to the Hindu calendar. (Heng Sinith/AP)

Cambodian Buddhist devotees offer prayers to mark the Visak Bochea Day celebrations at Oudong hill, in Kandal province northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It falls on a full moon day in the month of Vaisakh (April/May) according to the Hindu calendar. (Heng Sinith/AP)

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A devotee (unseen) sprinkles rice grains as part of the rituals on the idol of Buddha, at Swayambhu in Kathmandu. Devotees visit temples, light candles and incense sticks, pray and offer sweets and fruits before the statue of Lord Buddha. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

A devotee (unseen) sprinkles rice grains as part of the rituals on the idol of Buddha, at Swayambhu in Kathmandu. Devotees visit temples, light candles and incense sticks, pray and offer sweets and fruits before the statue of Lord Buddha. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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Cambodian women pray in front of a shrine out side the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Sermons on the life and teachings of Buddha are held and attended by followers in larger numbers. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)

Cambodian women pray in front of a shrine out side the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Sermons on the life and teachings of Buddha are held and attended by followers in larger numbers. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)

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A Cambodian woman prays in front of a shrine out side the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. People usually dress in white and distribute kheer as according to Buddhist lore, on this day a woman named Sujata had offered Buddha a bowl of milk porridge. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)

A Cambodian woman prays in front of a shrine out side the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. People usually dress in white and distribute kheer as according to Buddhist lore, on this day a woman named Sujata had offered Buddha a bowl of milk porridge. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)

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A Cambodian vendor holds flowers during the Buddhist Visak Bochea. (Heng Sinith/AP)

A Cambodian vendor holds flowers during the Buddhist Visak Bochea. (Heng Sinith/AP)

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Cambodian students offer prayer to mark the Buddhist Visak Bochea at Oudong hill. (Heng Sinith/AP)

Cambodian students offer prayer to mark the Buddhist Visak Bochea at Oudong hill. (Heng Sinith/AP)

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A Buddhist monks offers prayer on the eve of Buddha Purnima at Assam Buddha Vihar, Amingaon in Guwahati. (PTI)

A Buddhist monks offers prayer on the eve of Buddha Purnima at Assam Buddha Vihar, Amingaon in Guwahati. (PTI)

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Monks leading devotees pray outside the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. (Roslan Rahman/AFP)

Monks leading devotees pray outside the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. (Roslan Rahman/AFP)

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A Sri Lankan man hangs decorative lanterns outside a Buddhist Temple on the eve of Vesak, or Buddha Purnima, festival in Colombo. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

A Sri Lankan man hangs decorative lanterns outside a Buddhist Temple on the eve of Vesak, or Buddha Purnima, festival in Colombo. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

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A devotee lights butter lamps on the birth anniversary of Buddha. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

A devotee lights butter lamps on the birth anniversary of Buddha. (Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS)

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