Buddhist monks participate in activities at the Buddha Dharma temple in Bali, Indonesia, for Vesak Day, a holy day commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, which has been celebrated for more than 2,000 years.
Vesak Day is a celebration commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha as he was known.
The first celebration took place in 1983 and this year it falls on May 29.
Thousands of monks gather at the Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia, to repeat the Mantras and meditate during a ritual known as Pradaksina.
The ritual of washing the statue of the infant Siddhartha Gautama symbolizes the purification and cleansing of the Buddha's birth and early life.
It represents the idea of letting go of impurities and starting anew.
Buddhists commemorated the Buddha by lighting candles.