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GALLERY: 13 Beautiful pictures of Vesak Day from around Asia

Vesak Day, which was celebrated on Tuesday in Singapore, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Devotees circle the perimeter of the temple bowing once every three steps during the ceremony. The act symbolises the paying of respect to Buddha.

Here are 13 beautiful pictures of Vesak Day from around Asia : 


Sri Lanka : A Buddhist devotee worships on Vesak Day at Kelaniya temple in Colombo May 14, 2014. Vesak Day, which is celebrated on May 14 and 15 in Sri Lanka, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. REUTERS

Sri Lanka : A man holds a line of Buddhist flags while decorating a pandal at a temple ahead of Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo May 13, 2014. Vesak Day, which is celebrated on May 14 and 15 in Sri Lanka, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. REUTERS

Thailand : Buddhists holding candles encircle a large Buddha statue during Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, at a temple in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok May 13, 2014. REUTERS

Thailand : A nun holds a candle as she prays during Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, at a temple in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok May 13, 2014. REUTERS

Thailand : Buddhists holding candles encircle a large Buddha statue during Vesak Day, an annual celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, at a temple in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok May 13, 2014. REUTERS

Thailand : An anti-government protester with her nails painted in Thai national colours, a symbol of the protesters, prays with Buddhist monks during a mass alms offering ceremony at a protesters main encampment near Government House in Bangkok on Vesak Day May 13, 2014. REUTERS

Malaysia : A child drops coins into golden Buddha statues as a symbol of blessings on Vesak Day at the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur May 13, 2014. REUTERS

Cambodia : Buddhist monks attend a Vesak Day ceremony at a pagoda in Takeo province May 13, 2014. Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. REUTERS

Cambodia : A woman lights incense sticks during a Vesak Day ceremony at a pagoda in Takeo province May 13, 2014. Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. REUTERS

Indonesia : Monks hold a paper lantern before releasing it at Borobudur temple during celebrations marking Vesak Day in Magelang, Central Java May 15, 2014. Reuters

Singapore : Devotees perform the "three steps one bow" ceremony at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on the eve of Vesak Day in Singapore May 12, 2014. REUTERS

Singapore : A devotee prays before the "three steps one bow" ceremony at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on the eve of Vesak Day in Singapore May 12, 2014. REUTERS 

Singapore : Devotees wait in line to perform the "three steps one bow" ceremony at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on the eve of Vesak Day in Singapore May 12, 2014. REUTERS