Visitors of the event. (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) – A Buddhist Culture Week began at Pho Quang pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on May 2 to celebrate the 2,561st birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.

Venerable Thich Nhat Tu, head of the Culture Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, said the event aims to promote the values of Buddhism in building, preserving and developing national culture.

Themed “Buddhist culture with the nation”, the event highlights tangible and intangible cultures, and upholds a green and clean lifestyle, he added.

At the opening ceremony, an exhibition, a fair and a vegetarian cuisine festival were also held.

The exhibition displays nearly 500 photos, calligraphy paintings, and sculptures aiming to raise public awareness of the need to preserve the traditional cultural values of Buddhism and the nation.

The Buddhist cultural fair comprises of 29 pavilions introducing Buddhist publications such as Buddhist scriptures, books and tapes and disks.

Meanwhile, with 18 booths, the cuisine festival offers various vegetarian dishes from across the nation.

Those events will open to visitors until May 10.

Within the framework of the culture week, art performances and a film screening will be held at Vietnam Quoc Tu pagoda on May 9-10.-VNA