Hundreds of monks, nuns and Buddhist followers attended an official ceremony to celebrate the 2556th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, hosted by the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha at the Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi on Saturday.
|A solemn ceremony was held at the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha (Photo: SGGP)|
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and several leaders from various central and city departments, along with many Buddhist dignitaries.
On behalf of the Party and State, Deputy PM Nhan expressed happiness at attending the ceremony and wished good health, peace and contentment to monks, nuns and Buddhist followers living in Vietnam and abroad.
Deputy PM Nhan affirmed the patriotic traditions of Buddhists in Vietnam, which have merged well with the Vietnamese people. The Party and State will always respect and ensure the belief and religious freedom of Buddhist residents.
He hoped that the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha, monks, nuns and Buddhist followers will continue to promote the good values and traditions of Buddhism and contribute to the country’s development and reconstruction.
In related news, on the same day, the management committee of the Ho Chi Minh City Buddhist Shangha organised a ceremony at the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.
On behalf of HCMC leaders, Duong Quan Ha, chairman of the city Fatherland Front Committee expressed his appreciation of the contributions made by Buddhist dignitaries and followers in patriotic campaigns launched by the committee and city authorities over the last several years.
Solemn ceremonies to mark the 2556th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha also took place in Da Lat and Da Nang Cities and for the first time on Truong Sa Islands in the central province of Khanh Hoa.
On Saturday evening, the biggest ever festival for releasing lanterns on the Huong River took place to mark the birth anniversary of the great Lord Buddha, attracting tens of thousands of residents and visitors.
Seven giant lotus lanterns, 7 metres wide and 2.5 metres high and 15,000 smaller ones were lit and floated on the Huong River, in the hope of bringing peace and prosperity to the country and its people.
Earlier, tens of thousands of monks, nuns and Buddhist followers along with leaders of Thua Thien-Hue Province were present at the Tu Dam Pagoda to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.