BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA.
The South Korean capital Seoul lit up in spectacular fashion as thousands parade though the streets carrying brightly-coloured lanterns to celebrate Buddha’s birthday.
Although the exact date is unknown, scholars believe Buddha was born around 25 centuries ago and in Korea his birthday is traditionally celebrated on the full moon in May.
Legend has it that Buddha was born to a royal Hindu family in what is now known as Nepal and on the night he was conceived, his mother, Queen Maya dreamed a white elephant with six white tusks walked around her three times then hit her and disappeared into her right side.
When she became pregnant, Queen Maya set off for her father’s kingdom to give birth, as was the tradition. But Buddha was born along the journey in a garden beneath a sal tree.
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