Tam Chuc brightens up as UN Day of Vesak opens

Monday, 2019-05-13 10:45:33
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Buddhist nuns form a line in front of a convention centre at the Tam Chuc Temple.
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NDO - The UN Day of Vesak formally opened on May 12 at the Tam Chuc Temple Buddhist Cultural Complex, in Vietnam’s northern province of Ha Nam, with the attendance of PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the President of Myanmar, the Nepalese PM, the Indian Vice President and thousands of Vietnamese and foreign delegates.

Vietnamese women wave Buddhist flags to welcome dignitaries attending the opening ceremony of Vesak.

This is the third time that Vietnam has hosted the event, which welcomes more than 1,650 foreign Buddhist leaders and researchers from 112 countries and territories.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc conducts the Buddha-bathing ceremony prior to the opening ceremony of Vesak.

More than 500 papers by Vietnamese and international scholars will clarify this year’s theme of taking a Buddhist approach to global leadership and shared responsibilities for sustainable societies.

A wide of range of activities, such as Buddha bathing, prayer for peace, cultural performances and exhibitions, will take place during the UN Day of Vesak.

Colourful flags flutter in front of the convention centre at the Tam Chuc Temple.

Artists prepare for a performance on a lake at the Tam Chuc Temple to welcome the UN Day of Vesak.

Buddhist nuns bathe the Buddha one after another inside the Hall of Three Worlds at the Tam Chuc Temple.