The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and the Hanoi Buddhist Sangha will hold a grand ceremony to celebrate the Lord Buddha’s 2556th birthday on May 5 (the fifteenth day of the fourth lunar month) at the Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi.
The ceremony will feature speeches by Patriarch of the VBS Patronage Council, Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, and Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh, First Deputy Patriarch and Chairman of the VBS Executive Council.
Leaders of the Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front will also attend and address the event.
Tonight at the Quan Su pagoda, Buddhist dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers will join a procession of the Buddha’s sari, one of the relics purportedly left over after the physical body of the Buddha was cremated.
Other ceremonies have also been held to honour the occasion, including recitals of Buddhist scriptures, incense offerings, arts performances and releasing doves to pray for peace and happiness.
Buddhist Sangha Executive Boards in other cities and provinces also hosted exhibitions on Buddhist culture, laid memorial wreaths at war martyrs cemeteries and monuments, and visited and presented gifts to families of national contributors, war invalids and martyrs in various localities.