On the morning of May 19th, Executive Board of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha of Khanh Hoa province solemnly organized Vesak Festival 2019 - BE 2563 - 2019 at Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang City. Attending the meeting were Mr. Nguyen Tan Tuan - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Council and leaders of departments, branches and numerous religious, monks and nuns, Buddhists, people inside and outside the province.
Buddhist, monks, nuns, and guests offered incenses to begin the Vesak Festival.
At the ceremony, delegates and Buddhists, monks and nuns have heard the messages of Vesak Festival 2019 of the United Nations General Secretary and the speech of the Superior Buddist Monks, President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Executive Council about meaning of the Buddha's Birthday; review Buddha's life and message about peace, happiness and love, overcome temptation and the dominance of greed, anger and hatred...
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Nguyen Tan Tuan said, Vesak is sacred event and has great meaning to Buddhist, an opportunity to review the practice of noble teachings of the Buddha. Over thousands of years of history, any period, Buddhism takes the compassion, joy, compassion - goodness –Beauty to educate living beings, always accompanying the ups and downs of the nation to pray for national security, peace for people. Today, Buddhism continues with the people of the whole country to join hands to build and protect the Fatherland. Consistent opinion, always the same of Party, the State is to respect the right to freedom of belief and religion; create favorable conditions to meet the religious and spiritual needs of Buddhist. Recognizing and appreciating the achievements, Mr. Nguyen Tan Tuan suggested dignitaries; Buddhists continue to promote the spirit of religious solidarity, great national unity, continue to promote ethical value and Buddhist cultural, actively responding to patriotic emulation movements, contributing practically to the common development of Khanh Hoa province. On behalf of the provincial leaders, Mr. Nguyen Tan Tuan wished the monks, Buddhists and nuns to welcome the happy and peaceful Vesak.
After the opening ceremony, all Buddhists have sincerely turned to the statue of Buddha, performed the ritual of offering flowers, birthday celebration and praying together for a peaceful and happy life.