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Wesak - The Light of the Buddha

Wesak  The Light of the Buddha
01/19
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Wesak is also called Celebration of Light. Many lanterns line the streets and decorate the homes of people throughout Sri Lanka.
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A bus company offered the first Wesak bus tour.
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The life story of the Buddha is shown in different panels. A narration is broadcast through speakers on the side of the road.
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Young men dancing merely on the street.
Wesak  The Light of the Buddha
05/19
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A unique Wesak lamp.
Wesak  The Light of the Buddha
06/19
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Buddha was born, achieved enlightenment and died on a full moon.
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Another creative Wesak lantern.
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08/19
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People resting in a tea house en route to the top of the holy mountain Sri Pada during Wesak.
Wesak  The Light of the Buddha
09/19
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Large crowds gathered in front of a large Wesak panel. A narration is broadcast through speakers on the side of the road tells the life story of the Buddha.
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10/19
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Lanterns and lights in tress create a fantastical world.
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The hundreds of lights on display are all hand made.
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12/19
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Shops remained closed during the festival.
Wesak  The Light of the Buddha
13/19
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Musical groups performed on the side of the streets for the entertainment of the large number of visitors.
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14/19
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The lights on display are part of a competition selecting the most creative design.
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People flock to the temple on Beira Lake.
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16/19
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A blue glow is back lighting this Wesak lantern.
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A volunteer distributing corn.
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A pilgrim is climbing the holy mountain Sri Pada in rain and fog on the first Wesak day.
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Sri Pada, the holy mountain is worshipped by Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians. This altar on the foot of the mountain shows the Hindu god Ganesha and Buddha side by side.
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Sri Lankan's celebrate the birthday, death and enlightenment of the Buddha during a three day festival throughout the island. During the full moon at the end of May Buddhist in Sri Lanka and around the world celebrated Gautama Buddha.

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