Hanoi: Vu Lan event pays tribute to ancestors, fallen soldiers

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City art troupes and cultural centres will offer several shows to celebrate the annual Buddhist holiday of Vu Lan, an event that eulogises motherly love, held annually in the seventh month of the lunar calendar.  Young and respectful: Cai luong artists of HCM City will perform for free during Vu Lan, the annual Buddhist event that eulogises motherly love, held in the seventh month of the lunar calendar. —Photo.dienanh&sankhau.vn Most of the shows will begin this weekend and continue until the mid-September.      District 9’s Suoi Tien Tourist Park will launch a programme called Vu Lan Bao Hieu (Showing Gratitude in Vu Lan) featuring culinary parties and stage plays that highlight people’s gratitude to and appreciation of their mothers. Cai luong (reformed theatre) stars like Vo Minh Luan and Huong Xuan of Tran Huu Trang Theatre will perform for free on the occasion to encourage young people to love and respect their mothers. The programme will begin tomorrow and run through the day of Vu Lan, September 5. It is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors, including several hundred Buddhists, from the city and neighbouring provinces. Dozen of young actors will visit the Artists Pagoda and Nhat Quang Tu (Sunlight Pagoda) in Go Vap District on August 26 to participate in a special show celebrating Vu Lan. They will stage a series of extracts from popular plays featuring historic events and heroines, such as Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Duong Van Nga) and…... [read more]

"C​ai l​uong" artists of HCM City will perform for free during Vu Lan, the annual Buddhist event that eulogises motherly love, held in the seventh month of the lunar calendar. (Photo: dienanh&sankhau.vn) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s art troupes and cultural centres will offer several shows to celebrate the annual Buddhist holiday of Vu Lan, an event that eulogises motherly love, held annually in the seventh month of the lunar calendar.    Most of the shows will begin this weekend and continue until the mid-September.      District 9’s Suoi Tien Tourist Park will launch a programme called Vu Lan Bao Hieu (Showing Gratitude in Vu Lan) featuring culinary parties and stage plays that highlight people’s gratitude to and appreciation of their mothers. “Cai luong” (reformed theatre) stars like Vo Minh Luan and Huong Xuan of the Tran Huu Trang Theatre will perform for free on the occasion to encourage young people to love and respect their mothers. The programme will begin tomorrow and run through the day of Vu Lan, September 5. It is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors, including several hundred Buddhists, from the city and neighbouring provinces. Dozen of young actors will visit the Artists Pagoda and Nhat Quang Tu (Sunlight Pagoda) in Go Vap district on August 26 to participate in a special show celebrating Vu Lan. They will stage a series of extracts from popular plays featuring historic events and heroines, such as Thai Hau Duong Van…... [read more]

There have been 803,000 foreign nationals from China, Thailand, Italy, Spain, the UK, the US, Canada and Australia alone, showing a year-on-year increase of 26 percent. Since the beginning of the year, the province has organised more than 30 major programmes as part of the 2012 National Tourism Year for the North Central region to attract tourists, 11 of which are culture, sports and tourism specific programmes at both national and international levels. The programmes have focussed on traditional festivals, such as the Hue Festival 2012 and Buddhist Festival, as well as beach tours around Tam Giang lagoon, Thuan An beach and Lang Co bay. The recent Hue Festival 2012 attracted 180,000 visitors, including 80,000 foreign nationals, about 50 percent more than in 2010. The number of sea travellers to Hue has also risen sharply. This year, Thua Thien-Hue plans to welcome 25 cruise ships, bringing 40,000 new arrivals, mainly from China, Spain, the UK, the US and Canada.... [read more]

The festival will comprise two major activities- a procession of the statue of King Ly Thai To from the Do Temple in Bac Ninh to Hanoi and a three-day ceremony to pray for peace at the Thang Long Royal Citadel. In the lead up to the 1000th anniversary of the capital city, the Hanoi Buddhist Church has paid special attention to preserving and developing national cultural identities, particularly the Buddhist culture. Buddhist institutes have worked closely with the municipal administration and relevant agencies to upgrade and restore historical relics and hold traditional festivals to bring into full play tangible and intangible culture and to celebrate the capital city’s anniversary. From now through the end of this year, the Hanoi Buddhist Church will accelerate the collection of documents on the capital city’s history of Buddhism. Over the past year, Buddhist followers in Hanoi have raised VND 2.8 billion to support the poor, Agent Orange victims, disadvantaged and handicapped children, elderly people living alone and the families of social policy beneficiaries. The Hanoi Buddhist Church now has a total of 2,078 monks and nuns, 2,059 Buddhist centres and 29 Buddhist congregations at municipal and district levels.... [read more]

At the event, Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, Permanent Vice Chairman of the VBS Central Committee’s Executive Council, preached about the significance of the festival to Buddhist followers and Vietnamese residents in Germany. Thien and his followers then organised a solumn ceremony in compliance with Buddhist rituals. This was an excellent chance for overseas parents to educate their children about humanity, respect for their parents, and a love for their home country. This is the second journey to keep alive the Buddhist faith and the VBS interest in overseas Buddhist followers in European countries, an inseparable part of the Vietnamese religious community.... [read more]

The festival, one of the 15 largest festive events in the country, is held annually at Quan The Am pagoda in the Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) tourist site in the central city of Danang from the 17th to the 19th of the second lunar month. A wide range of Buddhist activities was held, including a ritual to pray for peace for the country and prosperity, good health and happiness for people. More than 30 paintings and sculpture works on Buddhism were displayed. A delegation of monks from India’s Namgyal-Dharamsala monastery participated in the festival. The Quan The Am festival which was first held in 1960 was recognised as a national festival in 2000.... [read more]

Vu Lan ceremony is observed on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month to pay debt of gratitude towards their parents. During the festival, the OVs community in Laos extended their deep gratitude to parents as well as to Vietnamese and Lao soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the battlefields for national independence and freedom. This year’s event was attended by many senior Vietnamese and Laos senior officials. Dragon dance performances and poetry programmes were held to highlight parents’ merit and the spirit of filial devotion of Vietnamese children.... [read more]

The Vesak celebration, the most important Buddhist festival, marks Buddha’s birthday, his attaining Enlightenment and his entry into Nirvana. The festival, known as the Buddha’s Day, aims to spread a message of love, peace, harmony, mercy, and progress to the world. According to Venerable Prof. Dr. Le Manh That, IOC Chairman and Deputy Director of the HCM City-based Vietnam Buddhism Institute, more than 4,000 Buddhist dignitaries and scholars from over 70 countries will participate in the event.It was decided at an IOC conference in Ho Chi Minh City on November 8-9 that the 2008 Vesak festival and workshop will be themed “Buddhism for an equitable, democratic and advanced society”. A workshop on Buddhism in the Digital Age will also be held to set up a Buddhist network of electronic cultural atlas initiative (ECAI), which the present Buddhist heritage and traditions maintain archives and exchanges of information, documents and boost cooperation between Buddhist countries.... [read more]

Nguyen The Doanh, Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs and chief coordinator of the national organising committee for the event made the statement at a press conference in Hanoi on November 28. The organisation of the event demonstrates the Party and State’s correct foreign and religious policies, aimed at heightening the country’s position in the international arena, said Mr Doanh. The Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha's Executive Council said under the theme “Buddhism for an equitable, democratic and advanced society”, the Vesak celebration is expected to attract representatives and hundreds of international Buddhist delegations from 70 countries. The Vesak celebration, the most important Buddhist festival, marks Buddha’s birthday, his attaining Enlightenment and his entry into Nirvana. Many other activities will take place during the celebration, including a seminar on Buddhism in daily, an exhibition, traditional art performances, and tours of Buddhist sites. The Grand ceremony will be held at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi from May 13-17, 2008.... [read more]

Taking vegetarian meals makes people focus on benevolence and avoid fighting and killing. It also makes people become healthier, practise thrift and enjoy a simple and peaceful life. On the occasion of significant events, such as Vu Lan (the Buddhist festival expressing gratitude and appreciation to mothers) and Phat Dan (Buddha’s birthday), pagodas often prepare a vegetarian meal at 12:00 to serve followers from all parts of the country. As well as monks and nuns, many families also keep the habit of eating vegetarian meals on the 1st, 14th and 15th and 30th days of every lunar month. Some people even spend eight or ten days eating only vegetarian food. Restaurants serving vegetarian food for all budgets take shape in many places in Hue city. Every day, these restaurants attract large numbers of customers, and it is difficult to book a seat during special occasions like Vu Lan and Phat Dan. Nuns in pagodas in Hue are very good at cooking vegetarian meals. They create a wide variety of dishes from simple ingredients such as vegetables, rice powder, flour, fruit and nuts. During the Buddha’s birthday in 2008, a vegetarian cuisine week took place in Hue city, drawing the participation of 100 nuns from 70 pagodas in the city. Although people may enjoy expensive dishes prepared with materials imported from Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and Japan, Buddhist nuns like simple food made from rice, salt, peanuts and soybean curds not only to save cooking time but to keep themselves…... [read more]




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