Vietnam will host the 2014 United Nations Day of Vesak (the Buddha’s Birthday, Enlightenment and Passing Away) in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

At a meeting on October 31, Most Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Executive Council, said the VBS is making necessary preparations for the 2014 Vesak and other ceremonies such as the 705 th anniversary of the attainment of Nirvada of King – Monk Tran Nhan Tong.

Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan asked the VBS to complete plans at an early date and coordinate with relevant agencies to gear up for the upcoming Vesak.

This will be the second time Vietnam hosts the event. In 2008, the Vesak celebration in Hanoi was attended by over 600 Buddhist delegations from around the world.-VNA