In Indonesia, many people release lanterns into the sky in celebration. Thousands of Indonesians then join Buddhist monks in a prayer walk around Borobudur temple—the largest Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
South Korea holds some of the world’s largest celebrations in honor of Buddha’s birthday. During the day, a rainbow of paper lanterns lines Seoul’s streets, and at night The Lotus Lantern Festival lights up the sky.
Sydney’s Darling Harbor is the site of some of the birthday party’s best performances. Dance, music, and art of China, Japan, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, and Australia are featured throughout the festival.
There is a rather small Buddhist population in the Philippines, but Buddha’s birthday—known there as Araw ng Bisyakis—is still a well-celebrated event. Adherents honor Buddha by meditating and eating vegetarian meals on that day.