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Buddha's birthday

Buddhist monks wait to receive alms during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Buddhist monks wait to receive alms during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Buddhist monks wait to receive alms during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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A woman releases birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 29, 2018.REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman releases birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 29, 2018.REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman releases birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 29, 2018.REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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A woman burns a candle at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman burns a candle at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman burns a candle at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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A devotee places flowers in front of a statue of Lord Buddha at a temple on the occasion of the Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Kolkata, India, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A devotee places flowers in front of a statue of Lord Buddha at a temple on the occasion of the Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Kolkata, India, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A devotee places flowers in front of a statue of Lord Buddha at a temple on the occasion of the Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Kolkata, India, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Pigeons rest at the dome of Boudhanath Stupa during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Pigeons rest at the dome of Boudhanath Stupa during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Pigeons rest at the dome of Boudhanath Stupa during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Women pray and release birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day, to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Women pray and release birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day, to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Women pray and release birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day, to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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Buddhist nuns listen to the speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in New Delhi, India April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Buddhist nuns listen to the speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in New Delhi, India April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Buddhist nuns listen to the speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in New Delhi, India April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Devotees light candles at a Buddhist temple on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Chandigarh, India, April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Devotees light candles at a Buddhist temple on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Chandigarh, India, April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Devotees light candles at a Buddhist temple on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day, in Chandigarh, India, April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
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People pray at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

People pray at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

People pray at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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A Buddhist monk takes pictures of a Vesak lantern at the Vesak celebrations zone to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A Buddhist monk takes pictures of a Vesak lantern at the Vesak celebrations zone to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A Buddhist monk takes pictures of a Vesak lantern at the Vesak celebrations zone to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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A Buddhist monk sits outside a monastery during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A Buddhist monk sits outside a monastery during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A Buddhist monk sits outside a monastery during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Devotees stand in a queue in front of the Boudhanath Stupa to offer butter lamps during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Devotees stand in a queue in front of the Boudhanath Stupa to offer butter lamps during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Devotees stand in a queue in front of the Boudhanath Stupa to offer butter lamps during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Butter lamps are offered near the idol of Buddha during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Butter lamps are offered near the idol of Buddha during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Butter lamps are offered near the idol of Buddha during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Buddhist monks wait to receive food as offering during celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day at a temple on the outskirts of Agartala, India April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Buddhist monks wait to receive food as offering during celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day at a temple on the outskirts of Agartala, India April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Buddhist monks wait to receive food as offering during celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day at a temple on the outskirts of Agartala, India April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey
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A Buddhist monk holding a vessel sits at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa while waiting for alms during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A Buddhist monk holding a vessel sits at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa while waiting for alms during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A Buddhist monk holding a vessel sits at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa while waiting for alms during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Pigeons take flight at Boudhanath Stupa during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Pigeons take flight at Boudhanath Stupa during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Pigeons take flight at Boudhanath Stupa during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Boudhanath Stupa is reflected in the window of a monastery during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Boudhanath Stupa is reflected in the window of a monastery during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Boudhanath Stupa is reflected in the window of a monastery during the birth anniversary of Buddha, also known as Vesak Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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A woman releases birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018.REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman releases birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018.REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman releases birds in front of the Royal Palace during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018.REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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Devotees pray after offering food to the Buddhist monks during celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day at a temple on the outskirts of Agartala, India April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Devotees pray after offering food to the Buddhist monks during celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day at a temple on the outskirts of Agartala, India April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Devotees pray after offering food to the Buddhist monks during celebrations of Buddha Purnima festival, also known as Vesak Day at a temple on the outskirts of Agartala, India April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey
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A man takes a picture of a Vesak lantern at the Vesak celebrations zone to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A man takes a picture of a Vesak lantern at the Vesak celebrations zone to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A man takes a picture of a Vesak lantern at the Vesak celebrations zone to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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Sri Lankan traditional drummers perform in front of a Buddha statue at a religious ceremony to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lankan traditional drummers perform in front of a Buddha statue at a religious ceremony to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lankan traditional drummers perform in front of a Buddha statue at a religious ceremony to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha at a temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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A woman burns a candle at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman burns a candle at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

A woman burns a candle at a pagoda during Vesak Bochea Day to honor the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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