The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha chapter in central Quang Tri province held a
festival with flower garlands and coloured lanterns in Dong Ha city on
April 6 to commemorate heroic martyrs fallen in the locality.
The event was also to wrap up a week-long ceremony to welcome the
statue of King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong, the founder of Vietnam Zen Buddhism.
At the festival, more than 5,000 local Buddhist
followers prayed for the souls of the fallen as well as for a peaceful
nation and prosperous people.
Representatives of the
Sangha and provincial authorities offered incense at the statue of
King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong and 72 tablets symbolising the souls of heroic
martyrs who are now resting at 72 cemeteries in Quang Tri province.
Over 10,000 candles were lightened up the lanterns and flowers, which
were then floated to pray for the salvation of the souls of fallen
soldiers and people died during the wars.
festival was a chance for local Buddhist followers and people to pay
tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for national
independence as well as to King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong who made
contributions to the development of Vietnamese Buddhism.
During the war against US imperialists, Quang Tri was the fiercest
front line being hit by thousands of tonnes of bombs. Thousands of
Vietnamese people laid down their lives in this land to protect the
country and the peace of the world.-VNA