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08/05/2020 - 11:05

Vesak celebration for Buddha's 2564th birthday was solemnly held and live streamed 

On the morning of May 7, at Tu Dam Pagoda, The Board of Administration of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha solemnly organized the Vesak celebration on the occasion of Buddha's 2564 birthday.

Representatives of the province attended the Vesak celebration

Attending the celebration were Mr. Phan Xuan Toan, Member of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee and representatives of People's Council, People's Committee, Vietnam Fatherland Front and other departments and agencies in the province and Hue City.

At the ceremony, Venerable Thich Khe Chon, Standing Deputy Head of the Board of Administration of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, proclaimed the Message of the Head of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. The Venerable Thich Khe Chon called on all monks, nuns and fellow Buddhists in Vietnam and abroad through practical actions to contribute their efforts to society to overcome difficulties, and challenges to continue to build a strong and developing Vietnam in all areas of social life.

This year, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vesak celebration was not organized with the participation of large crowds. There was also no procession to welcome the Buddha, no flower floats, flower boats or art programs. Formal ceremonies were also limited to fewer than 20 people attending and were broadcast live so that Buddhists can watch them at home.

Some images from the 2564th Buddha's Birthday celebration on the morning of May 7:

Venerable Thich Khe Chon read the Message from the Head of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha

Ritual of incense praying

Offering flowers

The Vesak ceremony was celebrated internally and limited the number of attendees to comply with the COVID-19 prevention regulations 

Area for Buddhists attending the ceremony was arranged in the pagoda’s yard and ensured a safe distance

Overview of the 2564th Vesak celebration 

The scene of the 2564th Vesak celebration taking place on the morning of May 7

Story, photos and clip: Minh Nguyen

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