On May 6, the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Thach That district solemnly held the 2566 Buddha’s birthday celebration at Dien Hung pagoda (Vinh Loc 2 village, Phung Xa commune, Thach That district).
Proving and attending the ceremony were Venerable Thich Thanh Chinh, Standing Deputy Head of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Hanoi; Venerable Thich Thanh Hoi, Head of the Buddhist Administration Committee of Thach That District and the venerable monks and nuns inside and outside Thach That district.
On the side of the government, there were Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi Fatherland Front Committee; Ms. Pham Bao Khanh, Deputy Head of the Religious Affairs Committee of Hanoi City; Ms. Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, Vice Chairman of Thach That District People’s Committee; Mr. Kieu Ba Thuyen, Head of Thach That District People’s Committee and representatives of leaders of departments, branches and unions of Thach That district, locality and a large number of Buddhists attended.
At the ceremony, Most Venerable Thich Thanh Chinh read the message of the Buddha’s Birthday Celebration of the 2566th calendar of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha. Venerable Thich Thanh Hoi read the Buddha’s Birthday Address of the Buddha Calendar 2566 by the Most Venerable Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha; Venerable Thich Quang Phu, Vice President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Administration, Thach That District, read the Meaning of Buddha’s Birthday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Dung recognized the practical and meaningful contributions of Buddhism in Thach That district to national construction activities; building a healthy cultural and ethical life; helping people in difficult circumstances due to natural disasters, epidemics and misfortunes in life.
Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Hanoi expressed his wish that the monks and nuns and the Buddhist community continue to uphold the tradition of “Protecting the nation and the people” and implementing the incarnation spirit of Vietnamese Buddhism.
Then, monks, nuns, delegates, and Buddhists respectfully offered incense and solemnly performed the traditional Buddha Bathing ritual to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday.