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The birthday of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama is a holiday traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism.
While the date of this holiday varies depending on sect, April 8 marks the birth of the Buddha for many Buddhists.
When Japan changed from the traditional lunar calendar, Japanese Buddhists adopted April 8 as the official date to mark the Buddha’s birth and the celebration referred to as hanamatsuri, or “flower festival,” occurring when the sakura (cherry blossom trees) bloom.
South Koreans celebrate Buddha's Birthday with a week-long festiival marked by colourful displays and ceremonies at temples.
Special activities often include a procession of Buddha images and children dressed as Buddhist deities as part of the displays. Monks lead some parades and everyone is free to attend the ceremonies at temples to pay their respects and join in with the prayers and chanting.
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