On April 26, 2014, Koreans and foreigners joined hands in consoling the loss of lives in the ferry Sewol disaster in an annual Buddhist lotus lantern festival in Seoul
The Lotus Lantern Festival is an annual Buddhist festival in Korea to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. Unlikely the previous years, this year's festival atmosphere immersed in sorrow, people prayed for the ferry Sewol disaster victims and hoped the magic would come to missing passengers
Thousands of people, regardless of Korean or foreigners, Buddhist or followers of other religions, watched the parade stretching from Dongguk University to Jogye Temple wearing yellow ribbons as a symbol of hope for the safe return for those who survived the tragedy
A message: “Share the Pain” in Buddhist ritual on April 26
The monks holding a lantern, walking along the street in Seoul and pray for the ferry Sewol victims
A yellow ribbon is a symbol of hope for the safe return for those who survived the tragedy.
Buddhists pray together