Great Buddhist Festival to score 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, Vietnam

Nearly 1,247 Buddhist nuns and monks will get together for the Great Buddhist Festival to blot the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi programmed to take place in Hanoi from July 17, 2010 to August 2, 2010.

The festival will include two major activities- a parade of the statue of King Ly Thai To from the Do Temple in Bac Ninh to Hanoi and a three-day ritual to pray for tranquility at the Thang Long Royal Citadel.

In the guide up to the 1000th anniversary of the capital city, the Hanoi Buddhist Church has rewarded special consideration to protecting and developing national cultural identities, mainly the Buddhist culture.

Buddhist organizations have worked intimately with the municipal administration and significant agencies to upgrade and restore historical ruins and hold traditional festivals to bring into full play touchable and insubstantial culture and to celebrate the capital city’s anniversary.

From now throughout the end of this year, the Hanoi Buddhist Church will go faster the collection of credentials on the capital city’s history of Buddhism. More than the past year, Buddhist supporters in Hanoi have elevated VND 2.8 billion to hold up the poor, Agent Orange victims, deprived and handicapped children, elderly people living alone and the families of social policy recipients.

The Hanoi Buddhist Church currently has a total of 2,078 monks and nuns, 2,059 Buddhist centers and 29 Buddhist worshippers at municipal and district levels.

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