A musical performance at the event (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Buddhist Sangha held a music gala named “Lua thieng bat diet” (Eternal sacred fire) on May 27 as part of the activities to celebrate Lord Buddha’s 2,562nd birthday.

More than 20 art performances at the programme extolled Lord Buddha, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc who immolated himself to oppose against Buddhist suppression 55 years ago, as well as praise patriotism.

The event drew the participation of monks, nuns, Buddhist followers and local people from all walks of life.

A Buddhist cultural week is underway in Ho Chi Minh City from May 22-29 with a wide range of activities, including Buddha bathing ceremonies, presenting 1,000 gifts to disadvantaged households in District 10, and incense offering at the monument dedicated to Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc.

An exhibition on life and religious career of the Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc is part of the activities as well.

Works on Buddhist culture and art are also on display on the occasion.-VNA