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Lantern parade takes place in Seoul to celebrate Buddha’s birthday

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The lantern parade celebrating Buddha’s birthday returns to the streets of Seoul after three years, as previous ones had been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  What started as a simple religious ritual is now a exhuberant spring festival where streets, temples and shopping centres are adorned with thousands of lotus lanterns.  During the parade, the highlight of the week-long event, participants walk almost three kilometres holding lanterns, pushing large scale lanterns and performing as bystanders clap and cheer them on. 

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