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Buddha's 2,555th Birthday Celebrated In South Korea (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 05/11/11 04:13 PM ET   Updated: 07/11/11 06:12 AM ET

South Koreans took to the streets this week in honor of what is believed to be Buddha's 2,555th birthday.

In Korea, Buddha's birthday reportedly coincides with the eighth day of the fourth month on the lunar calendar, and marked with prayer and contemplation in addition to colorful festivities, including spectacular lantern festivals.

View photos of South Korea's spectacular celebrations below:

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A dog lies down calmly on the floor as South Korean Buddhists monks participate in a service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha as a dog lays down on the floor at Hyonji temple in Chuncheon.
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