A number of activities celebrating the forthcoming United Nations Day of Vesak (the day of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death) are underway in the southern province of Binh Duong on May 1-3.

A requiem was held at the province’s war martyr cemetery and a parade took place along the 10km road from Hoi Khanh Pagoda to Hoi An Pagoda before the main event was held on May 2 afternoon.

Most Venerable Thich Hue Thong, head of the Binh Duong Buddhist Sangha, said the occasion will introduce the province’s land, people and spirituality to people nationwide.

The United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 celebrations will be held in Bai Dinh Temple in the northern province of Ninh Binh on May 7-11.

Buddhism has been practised in Vietnam for over 2,000 years. The country has more than 12 million Buddhist followers, over 40,000 monks and nuns and almost 15,000 temples, monasteries and other places of worship.-VNA