Ted Osius on Friday visited a Hanoi pagoda where he recited Vietnamese prayers for the health of his mother during the traditional Vu Lan (Ullambana) Festival.
The US Ambassador carried his son in his arms while walking into Quan Su Pagoda under the rain. His mother and older sister followed him.
Osius sat in front of a praying desk, carefully reading the Vietnamese prayers which highlighted the filial devotion of children to their mothers.
After the praying session, a monk of the pagoda pinned a red rose onto his shirt.
Vu Lan is a festival where children express their love for their mothers. Red roses are for those whose mothers are still alive, and white roses are for those who have lost their mothers.
A monk pins a red rose on Ted Osius's shirt.
Chief monk Thich Duc Thien explained the origin of the festival and the prayers to Osius, who then finished the visit with a warm ceremony to offer his mother a cup of hot tea, showing his love and respect to her.
US Ambassador Ted Osius offers his mother a cup of hot tea at Quan Su Pagoda on Friday.