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Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday in Hue

Text & photos by Hieu Truong

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As part of the program for the week of Buddha’s Birthday in 2023, an event was held in Thua Thien Hue Province last week. The Buddha procession took place in a solemn atmosphere, attracting thousands of monks, nuns, Buddhist followers, as well as tourists, both local and foreign.

The procession of Buddha has become an indispensable ritual infused with spiritual culture during each Vesak season. On this occasion, everyone in the ancient capital sincerely prays for world peace and prosperity.

The solemn atmosphere before the ceremony
A nun at the ceremony
Most Venerable Thich Duc Thanh performs the ritual of bathing the Buddha
The ceremony attracts a large number of local people and tourists
Buddhist followers offer flowers before the Buddha procession
The Buddha statue leaves Dieu De Pagoda
The Buddha procession begins
The procession is seen on Bach Dang Street in Hue City
It goes through Dong Ba Market…
…and Truong Tien Bridge
The procession arrives at Tu Dam – one of the oldest pagodas in the ancient capital
Bringing the Buddha statue to Tu Dam Pagoda
The ceremony at Tu Dam Pagoda

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