Vesak In Sri Lanka

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A statue of the Buddha under renovation sits at an intersection in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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A novice monk concentrates on his penmanship skills while a classmate falls asleep and drops his pencil at a small monastery school in Wellawaya, Sri Lanka.
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A monk poses for a portrait at a small monastery in Ella, Sri Lanka.
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A reclining Buddha graces the inside of Aluvihare Rock Temple near Matale, Sri Lanka.
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Visitors revel at the spinning lights of a homemade lantern displayed during Vesak. Sometimes informally called ‘Buddha's Birthday’, Vesak celebrations actually commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha.
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Carved from solid granite in the 10th century, a huge statue of the Buddha at Buduruwagala in Sri Lanka still holds onto traces of its original stucco robe and a halo of orange suggests it was once brightly painted.
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A monk wearing special ceremonial clothing walks through a courtyard in Malwathu Maha Viharaya in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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A novice monk poses for a portrait at a small monastery school in Wellawaya, Sri Lanka.
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A monk dresses for a special ceremony at Malwathu Maha Viharaya in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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Villagers gather to pray together outdoors during Vesak celebrations at Digana Raja Waluka Ramayh Temple near Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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A woman walks up stairs towards an elaborate yellow entrance gate at Digana Raja Waluka Ramayh Temple near Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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A Vietnamese monk holds a lecture at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Carved from solid granite in the 12th century, the reclining Buddha is over 46 feet long and is depicted as having reached complete nirvana after dying.
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A monk strolls past a Bodhi tree near Wellawaya, Sri Lanka. The most famous Bodhi tree is a very old specimen located in Bodh Gaya, India, under which Siddhartha Gautama first achieved enlightenment thus becoming the Buddha.
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A woman prostrates at the feet of a Buddha statue at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
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A playful statue of an elephant complete with flapping ears and trunk spraying water entertains visitors during Vesak celebrations in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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A young girl poses for a portrait at a dance recital hall in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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A group of children study Buddhism beneath a painting of a Bodhi tree with a small Buddha statue at a school near Wellawaya, Sri Lanka.
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A film crew shoots scenes for television drama at an ancient semi-circular moonstone sculpture depicting the endless cycle of reincarnation at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
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A young monk reaches for his pen while studying Buddhism at a small monastery school in Wellawaya, Sri Lanka.
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Two neighbors share a laugh while walking home across a bridge with a small Buddhist temple at one end near Ella, Sri Lanka.
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The bell shaped stupa at Digana, Sri Lanka is lit up and alive with activity during Vesak ceremonies.
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Monks follow in a procession during Vesak ceremonies at Digana Raja Waluka Ramayh Temple near Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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A statue of the Buddha casts a serene gaze at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.
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