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Celebrating Buddha's birthday

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mahayana Buddhists celebrate official birthday of Buddha on May 10
  • Buddha believed to have been born 2,555 years ago
  • South Korea celebrates with Lotus Lantern Festival

(CNN)) -- Buddhists across the world will be celebrating the official birthday of Buddha this week.

Followers of the Mahayana school of Buddhism commemorate Buddha's birthday with prayer, contemplation and also festivities, including the Lotus Lantern Festival in South Korea. Buddha is believed to have been born around 2,555 years ago.