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16th United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration on way

Released at: 17:39, 07/05/2019

16th United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration on way

Photo source from National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha

Heads of State, Buddhist leaders and scholars, and Buddhists from around the world to attend celebrations of Buddha's birthday from May 12 to 14 in northern Ha Nam province.

by Jessica Nguyen

Heads of State, Buddhist leaders and scholars, and Buddhists from some 100 countries and territories around the world will count among the 1,650 attendees at the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration, to take place from May 12 to 14 at Tam Chuc Pagoda in northern Ha Nam province, a press conference on May 6 heard.

Vesak is the most sacred day for millions of Buddhists around the world as the day the Buddha was born. The UN General Assembly recognized the Day of Vesak on December 15, 1999. The Buddhist community in different countries hold activities to celebrate the day every year.

Most Venerable Thich Duc Thien, Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and United Nation’s General Secretary of Vesak 2019, said that more than 570 international delegations and individuals from 112 countries and territories will attend the international Buddhist conference this year.

The Vesak ceremony will welcome Heads of State such as the President of Myanmar, the Prime Minister of Nepal, the Vice President of India, the President of the Senate of Bhutan, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, as well as ministers from various countries, 20 ambassadors, representatives of international organizations in Vietnam, and 20,000 Buddhists from all over the world.

It is also expected that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, leaders of ministries, committees, and central branches, and representatives of cities and provinces will also attend.

Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah will be the main speaker at the Vesak conference, themed “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies”.

The organizer has already received more than 500 speeches related to five topics, contributed by local and international scholars.

A workshop will discuss Buddhist issues that pertain to life, such as “Responsible leadership for sustainable society”; “Buddhist approach to family harmony”; “Buddhist approach to education”; “Buddhism and Industrial Revolution 4.0”; and “Buddhist approach to responsible consumption”.

At the end of the workshop, the UN Buddhist community will identify basic solutions to successfully implement the global sustainable development agenda of the United Nations.

Vietnam hosted the fifth and eleventh United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations in 2008 and 2014. Since then, Vietnamese Buddhism has witnessed great development in education, culture, social engagement, and spiritual practices.

Representatives of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs also emphasized that this year’s Vesak Festival will contribute an important part to propagating and promoting the country and people of Vietnam to friends around the world.

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