Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hanoi 1000th Anniversary

The Thang Long Citadel, which has witnessed Hanoi’s 1,000 year history, will host a series of Buddhist celebrations from July 27 to August 2 to acknowledge the capital city’s millennial anniversary.

The celebrations are to pay tribute to the founders of Thang Long-Hanoi and Vietnamese Buddhism, as well as those who sacrificed their lives for national liberation.

The celebrations will begin o­n July 27 with a procession carrying tablets that belonged to King Ly Thai To, the founder of Hanoi and Van Hanh, a Buddhist monk who raised the King after his mother had died giving birth, to the Thang Long Citadel.

Later the same day, a procession carrying Buddha’s sari from Quan Su pagoda, the headquarters of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, to the Citadel, where a talk o­n the history of Buddhism and Thang Long-Hanoi will be held.

The official opening ceremony will be held o­n July 28, followed by an exhibition showcasing Buddhist ancient artifacts and works of fine art.

A ceremony will also be held at the citadel o­n July 29 to pray for peace and the people as well as a requiem for fallen combatants o­n July 31.

The closing ceremony will be o­n the evening of August 2.

Below are photos on the preparations being carried out for this celebration

A few hours later