Ramu celebrates Probarona Purnima one year after attacks

The Probarona Purnima festival in Bangladesh celebrates the conclusion of the three-month long seclusion of the monks inside their monasteries for self-edification. Last year, on September 29th 2012 a muslim mob attacked and destroyed temples and homes of Buddhists after an anonymous person posted a photograph of a desecrated Quran on a local Buddhist boy’s facebook wall. The community did not participate in Probarona Purnima last year in protest of the attacks.

ablog169 ablog170 ablog171 13 year old Mong Sanu, who is training to become a monk, is seen inside his monastary before the Probarona Purnima festival in Ramu, Bangladesh.

ablog172 A desecrated idol that was damaged during last years attack lays in disrepair on the day of Probarona Purnima on October 19, 2013 in Ramu, Bangladesh.

ablog173 Bangladeshi Buddhists light a large paper balloon into the sky during Probarona Purnima

ablog174 Bangladeshi Buddhists light a large paper balloon into the sky during Probarona Purnima

ablog175 Bangladeshi Buddhists cheer after lighting a large paper balloon into the sky during Probarona Purnima

ablog176 Bangladeshi Buddhists celebrate their annual boat festival during Probarona Purnima

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