Around 3,500 delegates from Viet Nam and outside are expected to attend the United Nations Day of Vesak at the My Dinh National Conference Center in Ha Noi on May 14 - 17, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung said Thursday.
The ceremony is entitled “Buddhism and Fair Democracy and Civilized Society,” he told a regular press conference in Ha Noi. It is an international religious cultural activity organized by the Vietnamese government and the Viet Nam Buddhist Church in collaboration with an international organizing committee.
A workshop will present such topics as Buddhism in the digital era and the contribution of Buddhism to economic development and social welfare. In addition, it will include an exhibition, a performance, a fair, a flower-car procession, and a lotus lantern drop. The participants will then visit scenic spots of Buddhist interest, including Yen Tu Mountain in Quang Ninh Province, and the Bai Dinh Buddhist Cultural Center in Ninh Binh Province.
The word Vesak is from the name of fourth month in the Indian calendar. It celebrates the Buddha’s birth, and his Enlightenment and entry to Nirvana. The ceremony was officially acknowledged as an international cultural religious celebration by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. The purpose of the recognition is to honor Buddhism’s moral and cultural values, as well as its thinking concerning peace, solidarity and friendship.
Buddhist countries have hosted Celebrations honoring the United Nations Day of Vesak since 2000, and Viet Nam does this for the first time this year.