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Last Updated: Tuesday May 17 2011 11:57 GMT

PICTURES: Buddhists celebrate Buddha's birthday

Buddhist children praying

Across Asia from South Korea to Indonesia, Buddhist devotees are celebrating Buddha's birthday.

A devotee pours water over a Buddhist statue

Buddhism is 2,500 years old and there are 376 million followers worldwide.

A large statue of Buddha

There are more than 150,000 Buddhists in Britain.

Here a devotee spins a prayer wheel at a Tibetan temple in Malaysia.

Here a devotee spins a prayer wheel at a Tibetan temple in Malaysia.

A large canvas devoted to Buddha is unfurled

Buddhism teaches that all life is interconnected, so caring about others is a very important part.

Devotees scatter flower petals on a Buddha statue on the occasion of Buddha Purnima festival, also know as Vesak Day, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad

Buddhists scatter flower petals on a statue of Buddha in India, as part of the birthday celebrations.

Buddhist monks blow ceremonial horns

These Buddhist monks in Katmandu are blowing ceremonial horns. Buddha was born nearby in Lumbini, Nepal.

A boy is blessed by a Buddhist monk

Buddhism came about because of Siddhartha Gautama's quest for Enlightenment in around the 6th Century BC. This boy in Katmandu is receiving a blessing.

A boy makes a praying sign

Buddhists don't believe in a personal god, and they believe that change is constant in life.

A dragon operated by a man inside

Here you can see a massive dragon float operated by the men standing inside, in Seoul in South Korea. Buddha was born around 2,500 years ago.

In South Korea, Buddhist devotees put up strings of lanterns in preparation for the birthday celebrations.

In South Korea, Buddhist devotees put up strings of lanterns in preparation for the birthday celebrations.

Light festival taking place in the evening

Buddhism is a very colourful faith with loads of festivals throughout the year. Here in South Korea women are taking part in a traditional dance using lanterns.

Buddhist monks praying at a temple in Indonesia

Buddhists can worship both at home or at a temple.