Last update: 11:10 | 10/05/2017
Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and followers joined a parade of flower vehicles and Buddha relics on May 9 to celebrate Buddha’s 2,561st birthday.
Buddha’s birthday is the big holiday of Buddhist monks, nuns and followers in Vietnam and around the world.
Lanterns and Buddhist flags are hung at pagodas and along streets to celebrate the Buddhist Culture Week.
The procession of flower vehicles and Buddha relics was held at Quan Su Pagoda –HQs of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee on the evening of May 9.
Most Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, Deputy Supreme Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), processed Buddha relics to a flower vehicle.
Buddha relics was put in Stupa tower.
The procession kicks off the Buddhist Culture Week.
Buddhist monks, nuns and followers join the parade.
People take part in the procession in long lines.
Lotus is the symbol of Buddhism.
Buddhist monks, nuns and followers pray for a peaceful nation, peaceful world, living Dharma and peaceful beings.
Ho Chi Minh City celebrates Buddha’s 2,561st birth anniversary
Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang at the event
A ceremony celebrating the 2,561st birth anniversary of Buddha took place in Ho Chi Minh City on May 10, attracting thousands of Buddhist dignitaries, monks, nuns and leaders of centrally-run and local agencies.
Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, deputy head of the Supreme Patriarch Council of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), delivered a message of VBS Patriarch, Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, urging Buddhist followers to continue contributing to peace and happiness of themselves and their families, as well as the country’s prosperity and peace for humanity.
President of the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) To Thi Bich Chau, in her speech, hailed the VBS and its municipal chapter for raising its members’ awareness of State laws and national unity.
The VFF and municipal authorities pledge all possible support to religious activities, encourage religious dignitaries and followers to join national emulation movements, and unite religions and the nation in national construction and development, he said.
An incense-offering ceremony and prayers for national peace and prosperity were also held on the occasion.