Photos of the week: Buddha’s birthday; vaccination campaigns

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(RNS) – Each week, Religion News Service features a photo gallery of religious expressions from around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the Buddha’s birthday, religious vaccination efforts, and more.

Note: RNS expands photos of the week to include photos of readers. Please submit current photos of your practice of religion, spirituality or beliefs HERE. We’re especially interested in capturing what it looks like as places of worship reopen as pandemic restrictions decrease. See our first episode below.

Buddhists attend a ceremony to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, while maintaining social distancing as a precaution against coronavirus, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Buddhists visit temples across the country to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)

A health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to a Buddhist monk at Priest Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, May 18, 2021. Thailand said on Friday it had detected its first locally transmitted cases of the variant of coronavirus first discovered in India, even as it announced the official deployment of its national vaccination plan from next month.  (AP Photo / Anuthep Cheysakron, file)

A health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to a Buddhist monk at Priest Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, May 18, 2021. Thailand said on Friday it had detected its first locally transmitted cases of the variant of coronavirus first discovered in India, even as it announced the official deployment of its national vaccination plan for next month. (AP Photo / Anuthep Cheysakron, file)

A visitor takes photos in front of lanterns on the eve of the Buddha's birthday at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon)

A visitor takes photos in front of lanterns on the eve of the Buddha’s birthday at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon)

Buddhists hold offices during a clean-up ahead of Buddha's birthday, which falls on May 19, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea.  (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon)

Buddhists hold offices during a clean-up ahead of Buddha’s birthday, which falls on May 19, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon)

A woman stretches out her arms as she prays during a religious march in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Hundreds of Haitians marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince after the religious services on Saturday to collectively pray outside for peace and an end to the wave of kidnappings from which the townspeople have been victims.  (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn)

A woman stretches out her arms as she prays during a religious march in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Hundreds of Haitians marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince after the religious services on Saturday to collectively pray outside for peace and an end to the wave of kidnappings from which the townspeople have been victims. (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn)

People visit the Templo Mayor archaeological site in the historic center of Mexico City on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The Templo Mayor, or "The Great Temple" in Spanish, was the main temple in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, which fell to the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes after a prolonged siege 500 years ago.  (AP Photo / Eduardo Verdugo)

People visit the Templo Mayor archaeological site in the historic center of Mexico City on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The Templo Mayor, or “The Great Temple” in Spanish, was the main temple in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, which fell to the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes after a prolonged siege 500 years ago. (AP Photo / Eduardo Verdugo)

Mourners pray for the bodies of 17 Palestinians who were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight in Gaza City on Sunday, May 16, 2021 (AP Photo / Sanad Latifa)

Mourners pray for the bodies of 17 Palestinians who were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight in Gaza City on Sunday, May 16, 2021 (AP Photo / Sanad Latifa)

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, center, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, speaks to civic and religious leaders outside City Hall on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles.  Religious and community leaders in Los Angeles have called for peace, tolerance and unity in the wake of violence in the city which is being investigated as potential hate crimes.  (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, center, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, speaks to civic and religious leaders outside City Hall on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. Religious and community leaders in Los Angeles have called for peace, tolerance and unity in the wake of violence in the city which is being investigated as potential hate crimes. (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group for a birthday toast to one of the members during their week. "Monday Night Hang" gathering at the Tiki Bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Monday, May 17, 2021, in New York City. "Most of us live alone and we need a community, ”she said.  “During the pandemic, we started hanging out in the park (Central Park) once a week.  Once the bars and restaurants reopened, we started returning to the Tiki Bar afterwards.  According to the latest regulations, vaccinated New Yorkers can get rid of their masks in most situations.  Restaurants, stores, gyms, and many other businesses can return to full occupancy if all customers are vaccinated.  (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)

Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church for a birthday toast to one of the members during their weekly “Monday Night Hang” reunion at the Tiki Bar in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Monday, May 17, 2021, in New York City. “Most of us live alone and we need a community,” she said. “During the pandemic, we started hanging out in the park (Central Park) once a week. Once the bars and restaurants reopened, we started returning to the Tiki Bar afterwards. According to the latest regulations, vaccinated New Yorkers can get rid of their masks in most situations. Restaurants, stores, gyms, and many other businesses can return to full occupancy if all customers are vaccinated. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)

Health workers inoculate residents with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 17, 2021. The church was used to speed up the vaccination process for area residents.  (AP Photo / Aaron Favila)

Health workers inoculate residents with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, May 17, 2021. The church was used to speed up the vaccination process for area residents. (AP Photo / Aaron Favila)

Music Photos

People attend an outdoor service at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, Connecticut on May 14, 2021. Photo by Nathan Hart

People attend an outdoor service at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, Connecticut on May 14, 2021. Photo by Nathan Hart

Caroline Perez Hartzel, 8, from Dallas, releases pent-up energy after her first communion on Tuesday evening, May 18, 2021. Caroline had just attended mass for the first time since the pandemic, a special and socially distant Mass for communicators .  who studied online year round at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Dallas.  Caroline developed a deep love for God in her family training classes, but she also developed a strong love for football which returned after COVID-19 restrictions ended.  Photo by Tony Hartzel

Caroline Perez Hartzel, 8, from Dallas, releases pent-up energy after her first communion on Tuesday evening, May 18, 2021. Caroline had just attended mass for the first time since the pandemic, a special and socially distant Mass for communicators . who studied online year round at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Dallas. Caroline developed a deep love for God in her family training classes, but she also developed a strong love for football which returned after COVID-19 restrictions ended. Photo by Tony Hartzel

Archive photos

Three Dominican American priests cross the Freedom Bridge to Hong Kong from Red China, where they were under house arrest in Foochow, Fukien province, circa 1955. Italian priest father Ambrose Poletti, left, greeted and escorted the Fathers Joseph E. Hyde of Lowell, Mass., James G. Joyce of Clinton, Mass., and Frederick A. Gordon.  The three were part of the first group of American priests freed by the Communists under the Geneva accords.  With them on the far right is Police Commissioner AL Gordon, who was in charge of the UK side of the border.  The trio were pale and had lost weight, but they were in a good mood.  RNS archive photo.  Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Three Dominican American priests cross the Freedom Bridge to Hong Kong from Red China, where they were under house arrest in Foochow, Fukien province, circa 1955. Italian priest father Ambrose Poletti, left, greeted and escorted the Fathers Joseph E. Hyde of Lowell, Mass., James G. Joyce of Clinton, Mass., and Frederick A. Gordon. The three were part of the first group of American priests freed by the Communists under the Geneva accords. With them on the far right is Police Commissioner AL Gordon, who was in charge of the UK side of the border. The trio were pale and had lost weight, but they were in a good mood. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Historical Society.

American sailors, far left, attend a service at a typical Protestant bamboo church in Port Moresby, the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea, circa 1948. RNS file photo.  Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.

American sailors, far left, attend a service at a typical Protestant bamboo church in Port Moresby, the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea, circa 1948. RNS file photo. Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Historical Society.



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