Celebrating the Buddha

Buddhist believers carry lotus lanterns during a parade to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha, which falls May 10 in South Korea, in Seoul

Buddha's Birthday, the birthday of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, is a holiday traditionally celebrated in 'Mahayana Buddhism'.

The celebration takes place on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar year. It's Buddha's 2555th birthday, which falls this year on May 10. In Japan, it is always celebrated on April 8, and is based on the Gregorian calendar.

In Korea the birthday of Buddha is celebrated according to the Lunisolar calendar. Lotus lanterns cover the entire temple throughout the month which are often flooded down the street.

On the day of Buddha's birth, many Buddhist temples across Southeast Asia provide free meals and tea to all visitors.