Buddhists across Vietnam celebrated the 2,555th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha this week.
Vesak Day, the most important festival in the country, is held annually on April 15 according to the lunar calendar; this year, it concluded on Monday, May 17, after a week of festivities.
Millions of Buddhists and tourists were drawn to significant pilgrimage sites like Bac Ninh, Lang Son, Hanoi, Hai Duong and Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate Vietnam's national festival.
Thousands attended the famous lantern festival, which is held at Thanh Pagoda in northern Lang Son Province, every year. Neighborhoods across the country also celebrated lantern ceremonies to celebrate the birth of Buddha.
Thich Quang Truyen, deputy representative of Lang Son branch of Buddhist Sangha and head monk of the pagoda, said more than ten thousand lanterns floated down the Ky Cung River, in commemoration of everyone who sacrificed their lives to build and protect the country.
A music show was held on Vesak eve at the Vietnam-Soviet Cultural and Friendship Palace. Noted singers sang religious and cultural songs to mark the celebrations.
In HCMC, flower carnivals paraded through the urban streets. The HCMC Buddhist Sangha held a prayer ceremony at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda on Tuesday, May 17.
This year, the Buddhist Sangha marks the 30th anniversary of its establishment in Vietnam. Buddhism came to Vietnam more than 2,000 years ago.