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Hue pagodas crowded on first day of Lunar New Year

By Hieu Truong

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Visiting pagodas during the Lunar New Year holiday in the central city of Hue has become a long-standing spiritual culture. Many local residents in Hue opt to visit pagodas at the beginning of the year with family to express their sincere gratitude to the Buddha and pray for a peaceful new year.

Early this morning, February 1 (the first day of the lunar new year), throngs of people slowly following each other crowded lots of streets leading to local pagodas in Hue such as Tu Hieu, Dieu De, Thien Mu to worship The Buddha and pray for good fortune for the year ahead.

To every Hue resident, people going to pagodas during the Tet holiday need to have a sincere heart. They do not need to give costly offerings to the Buddha, but have to be tolerant and speak softly in tranquil and solemn places. It is only by doing so that they could feel at ease and at peace.

Due to the complicated developments of Covid-19, most of the local residents practiced anti-Covid measures when visiting such public places to ensure Covid safety.

Local residents worship The Buddha at Thien Minh pagoda
A young monk rings the bell as part of a sacred ritual on the first day of the lunar new year at Thien Minh pagoda
Pagoda-goers buy bags of salt, which was believed to bring good luck at the beginning of the year.
People buy betel nuts at the beginning of the year to pray for good fortune
Lots of Hue residents visit Tu Dam pagoda on the Tet holiday
Buddhists are saying prayers at Tu Dam pagoda
An old Buddhist puts money into a donation box
Buddhists are saying prayers at Tu Dam pagoda
A view of Dieu De pagoda on the first morning of the lunar new year
Local people and Buddhists flock to Dieu De pagoda on the first day of the lunar new year
A young monk rings the bell at Dieu De Pagoda
A young monk helps Buddhists to offer the incense
Tet atmosphere at Phuoc Dien pagoda
Two local women draw fortune sticks at Phuoc Dien pagoda
A monk talks to pagoda-goers at the beginning of the year

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