The Birth of Buddha is celebrated all over the world, with South Korea kicking it off in spectacular fashion!
The Lotus Lantern Festival marks the beginning of the celebration of the birth of Buddha every year in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Festivities start almost a week before, with the main event being the main square lit up under the light of a canopy of lanterns in the night sky. People dress up in traditional Buddhist garb and parade down the main street, dancing and singing while celebrating the birth of the founder of Buddhism.
The week kicks off with the lighting of the Jangeumdang, a large lantern that symbolizes Buddhism, at the Seoul Plaza. The celebrations have officially started when people mile around the main square to participate and enjoy one of the most beautiful and peaceful parades in the world.
One of the biggest highlights this year were the stunning floats. Creative, elaborate and downright breathtaking, the floats represent facets of the Buddhist culture.
The Lantern Festival marks the beginning of the various celebrations taking place all over the city, until the birthday of the Buddha, which is on May 14.