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The flower parade: Over 40,000 people joined to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday

News & Updates, 21:03 PM, July, 17 2022
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“We offer all of our sincere hearts to the World-Honored One, praying that he will continue to bless the world and mankind to have much happiness and peace” – Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh shared in the “Vesak celebration – Sparkling flower parade”

There bloomed another lotus season which Buddhists are eagerly awaiting. After 2 years of social distancing due to the pandemic, in this year's VESAK season, Buddhists of Ba Vang Pagoda once again had the chance to rejoice in a flower parade to celebrate the Buddha's birthday. On May 8, Buddhists from different regions in the world gathered here, carrying flags and flowers, blissfully celebrating in the witness of the Venerables. Moreover, the appearance and participation of the Venerables from inside and outside the country also took a big part in the brilliant success of the parade.

The parade went bustling with the partaking of colorful Qilin and Dragon troupe, trumpet performers along with lay Buddhists dressing in a variety of vibrant costumes. walking behind the ornately and meticulously designed parade floats. Each float carries a story about the life of the Buddha, from his birth till his day of attaining ultimate enlightenment, or carries an explanation of the Symbol of Dharma that the World-Honored One himself taught to sentient beings

Immersed in the joyful atmosphere of the parade, Buddhists of all ages from around the world, held flower garlands and lanterns, sang songs, and chanted the slogan “Long live the VESAK's spirit!” as they walked. The music, lyrics, and chants of more than 40,000 Buddhists resonated throughout the mountains and forests of Thanh Dang, conveying the wish of the long-lasting Buddha Dharma and expressing the immortal spirit of Buddha's birthday to the world.

Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh giving opening speech to begin the flower parade

Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh giving opening speech to begin the flower parade

Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh — Abbot of Ba Vang Pagoda cheerfully participating in the flower parade

Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh — Abbot of Ba Vang Pagoda cheerfully participating in the flower parade

The Sangha from Thailand marching in the flower parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

The Sangha from Thailand marching in the flower parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

A Thai monk happily waving the Buddist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

A Thai monk happily waving the Buddist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

Ven. Dr Pornchai Pinyapong - President of World Alliance of Buddhists joyously waving flag in the flower parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

Ven. Dr Pornchai Pinyapong - President of World Alliance of Buddhists joyously waving flag in the flower parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

A Bangladeshi monk happily waving the Buddist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

A Bangladeshi monk happily waving the Buddist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

A Sri Lankan monk happily waving a Buddhist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

A Sri Lankan monk happily waving a Buddhist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

The Vietnamese monks joyously marching in the parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

The Vietnamese monks joyously marching in the parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

The Sangha from different countries such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Laos, and Campuchia participating in the flower parade in the happiness of the people at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

The Sangha from different countries such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Laos, and Campuchia participating in the flower parade in the happiness of the people at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

A Thai monk happily waving the Buddist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

A Thai monk happily waving the Buddist flag in VESAK celebration 2022 at Ba Vang Pagoda

The monks and nuns of Ba Vang Pagoda joyously marching in the parade in the reverence of Buddhists

The monks and nuns of Ba Vang Pagoda joyously marching in the parade in the reverence of Buddhists

The Sanghas from Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh joined the Flower Parade to celebrate Vesak at Ba Vang Pagoda took an absolutely essential contribution to the success of the parade

The Sanghas from Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh joined the Flower Parade to celebrate Vesak at Ba Vang Pagoda took an absolutely essential contribution to the success of the parade

The appearance of the newborn Buddha is a beautiful and timeless icon: He stood straight and solemnly, pointing to the sky and earth, with a gentle but firm expression on his face. Then, he made a great statement, letting all beings know he was the Honored One.

The appearance of the newborn Buddha is a beautiful and timeless icon: He stood straight and solemnly, pointing to the sky and earth, with a gentle but firm expression on his face. Then, he made a great statement, letting all beings know he was the Honored One.

Buddhist monks from different countries before the parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

Buddhist monks from different countries before the parade at Ba Vang Pagoda, Vietnam

A group of paraders, dressed in colorful ao dais, walked in an orderly formation.

A group of paraders, dressed in colorful ao dais, walked in an orderly formation.

The brass trumpet troupe played joyful melodies to liven the mood of the Parade.

The brass trumpet troupe played joyful melodies to liven the mood of the Parade.

In the afternoon of the Vesak Celebration Parade, the campus of Ba Vang Pagoda was filled with more than 40,000 participants.

In the afternoon of the Vesak Celebration Parade, the campus of Ba Vang Pagoda was filled with more than 40,000 participants.

Buddhists waving vibrant flags and flowers in celebration of VESAK day

Buddhists waving vibrant flags and flowers in celebration of VESAK day

Female Buddhists in vibrant clothes waving flags and flowers to welcome the parade

Female Buddhists in vibrant clothes waving flags and flowers to welcome the parade

Juveniles and teenagers from Rahula Club in colorful clothes celebrating VESAK day

Juveniles and teenagers from Rahula Club in colorful clothes celebrating VESAK day

The meticulously decorated statue of the Buddha attaining the ultimate enlightenment in one of the parade floats

The meticulously decorated statue of the Buddha attaining the ultimate enlightenment in one of the parade floats

 
 
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