Photojournalism From Tibet in Exile

Everyday Exile Photojournalism showcases images from Tibetan exile communities, mainly in India. The goal is to educate viewers in other countries re: everyday life, culture and issues facing Tibetans who have fled Chinese-occupied Tibet.

All images copyright 2010-2015 by Tammy Winand and may not be used in any way without the express written permission of the photographer. Please contact via email for permissions.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vesak (Buddha's Birthday) in Boudha

Vesak is the celebration of the Buddha's birthday, enlightenment, and (some sources told me) also of his death. While not a traditional Tibetan holiday, per se, it is the beginning of the Tibetan holy month of Saga Dawa Duchen this year, and many followers of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal observed it as their most holy day.

I was fortunate to participate in the festivities at the Great Stupa of Boudha. There was another large celebration at the Swayambuth Stupa on the other side of Kathmandu.
Below are some of my best images from the celebration.
Afternoon Procession of Monks and Devotees
Monks Placing the Buddha on a Truck to Ride at Head of Procession

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