Monks, tourists, villagers mark Asian tsunami

A young Sri Lankan Buddhist monk lights a candle in memory of tsunami victims, at a temple on the fifth anniversary of Tsunami, in Peraliya, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. The devastating Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, leaving about 230,000 people dead. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

December 26, 2009 1:52:26 PM PST
Buddhist monks in orange robes chanted on a Thai beach, an Indonesian mother mourned her children at a mass grave, and a man scattered flowers in now-placid waters Saturday to commemorate the 230,000 killed five years ago when a tsunami ripped across Asia.