Attend a special birthday celebration in Siem Reap -

April 29, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce that anyone staying in accommodation in Siem Reap at the end of May will find that there are festivities taking place for one of the region's most famous faces.

May 28th will be a day of processions and festivities as Cambodia's Buddhists mark the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

Known as Vesak Day, the celebrations take place in temples across south-east Asia, with countries such as Thailand and Malaysia also marking the event.

Anyone who wants to witness some of the religious ceremonies taking place is advised to visit one of the many Buddhist temples located around Siem Reap.

Travellers can spend the morning listening to sermons from monks or can sit back and take in the meditation sessions and chanting that usually take place.

Monks dressed in orange or saffron robes will lead candlelit processions in the evening, which wind their way along Siem Reap's streets.

There is no charge to observe any of the day's activities and tourists are even invited to take part in certain rituals throughout the festivities.

One of the ways in which to pay your respects to Buddha is to participate in a ceremony of the circumambulation of a stupa three times, which is said to also be a sign of respect for Dhamma and Sangha, reveals.

Posted by Charlotte Springer

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