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2020 Vesak Festival to be broadcasted online

12:00 | 22/04/2020

This year Vesak celebration in Vietnam will be held and broadcasted live April 30 – May 7 on Facebook, Youtube, Butta, Phatsuonline, and An Vien TV to avoid mass crowding during COVID-19 pandemic.

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The traditional Buddha bathing ceremony is known as the way of commemorating the birth of Buddha as well as show respect to the Buddha’s teachings. (Photo: Oriental Tours)

The Vesak 2020 is held at the headquarter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s Central Committee.

The Central Executive Council has advised its local committees, pagodas, Buddhist institutions nationwide not to hold rituals, parades or art shows that gather more than 20 people, in line with the Government’s regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.

The VBS said three bells will ring in unison in the morning of the 30th day of the fourth lunar month at offices of Buddhist committees at all levels, pagodas and Buddhist institutions across the country.

At the same time, Buddhist followers nationwide will also perform rituals to pray for the nation during this difficult period, according to VNA.

2019 Vesak Festival in Vietnam was a success

Vietnam last May successfully organized the 16th UN Day of Vesak 2019 in Tam Chuc Pagoda in Kim Bang District, Ha Nam Province, with the adoption of the Ha Nam Declaration that promotes world peace, harmony, and improvement for all people, VNS reported.

The success of the 16th UN Day of Vesak 2019 celebration has helped the VBS strengthen co-operation and friendship with the world Buddhist community.

"Vesak", the day of the full moon in the fourth lunar month, is the year’s most sacred day for the millions of Buddhists around the world.The 16th United Nations Day of Vesak 2019 brought together 1,650 international delegates from 112 countries and territories.

It was on the Day of Vesak 2,500 years ago that Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that Buddha passed away.

The UN’s commemoration of Vesak had been held three times in Vietnam. It was previously held in Hà Nội in 2008 and the northern province of Ninh Bình in 2014.

2020 vesak festival to be broadcasted online
Buddha bathing is a must-have practice in the Vesak Festival (Photo: My Tiger Tour)

2020 vesak festival to be broadcasted online
Vietnam readies for Vesak Celebrations 2019 (Photo: Hanoi Times)

Insight into Vesak festival in Vietnam
The Vesak festival marks the birth, enlightenment and passing away into Nirvana of the Lord Buddha and includes devotion and alma giving with spectacular displays and entertainment. The week-long celebration gives the visitor a unique opportunity to discover each country’s religious and cultural traditions, as described by LavinGo Travel.

In Vietnam, many festivals are held around this day, such as Bathing of the Buddha ritual, requiems, lantern night, photo exhibitions on world heritage Buddhist temples, exhibition on Buddhist antiques, art exchange. Besides, the celebration also features international workshops, seminar on Vietnamese Buddhism, Hanoi Times stated.

Especially, on these days, Buddhist followers focus on taking part in charity activities such as giving money or presents to the poor, releasing on the river and setting free for the animals.

Vietnam Business describes celebrating Vesak Festival means making special efforts to bring happiness to everyone and look back ourselves. Vesak Festival, in general, is a meaningful holiday which should be reserved.

2020 vesak festival to be broadcasted online
(Photo: Culture Trip)
2020 vesak festival to be broadcasted online

In Hue, little candle boats are dropped to pray for the death. This show the spirit of Buddhism: bringing happiness to everybody (Photo: Vietnam Bussiness)

2020 vesak festival to be broadcasted online
Buddhists carry a Child Buddha statue on the shrine while celebrating the Vesak Day in Quan Su Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam (Photo: Reuters)
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