The ceremony marking Lord Buddha's 2,560th birth anniversary in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) held a flower parade on May 3 to mark the 2,561st birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.

Thousands of Buddhist dignitaries and followers in the City attended the parade, which is an annual event to mark one of the most important Buddhist anniversaries during a year.

Last year, the VBS-Ho Chi Minh City chapter raised funds for the poor with total donated money of 327 billion VND (14.4 million USD).

Also the same day, a ceremony was held at Ly Trieu Quoc Su pagoda in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district to mark the anniversary.

At the event, Buddhist monks, nuns and followers heard a message of the Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS).

Since the beginning of 2017, Buddhist dignitaries and followers in Hoan Kiem district participated in social welfare activities such as providing support for disadvantaged people, poor children and ethnic minority groups in remote areas.

Monks and nuns also encouraged others to follow the Party’s policies and the State’s laws.-VNA