05/11/2011 03:13 pm ET Updated Jul 11, 2011

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

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:

South Korea Buddha Birthday