Amid the global atmosphere ahead of the upcoming United Nations Day of Vesak, the Vietnamese Buddhist clergy and followers in Japan held a ceremony celebrating Buddha’s 2558th birthday at Nisshinkutsu Pagoda in Tokyo, on May 4.

The pagoda has long served as a place for the Vietnamese to worship.

Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung highlighted the day of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death as an occasion for embracing ties among the Overseas Vietnamese in Japan.

The Buddhist monks, nuns and followers are hoped to make more contributions to the development of the Vietnamese community in the host country, Hung said.

Most Venerable Yoshimizu Daichi sent his best regards to the expatriates and expressed his pleasure at the active operation of the Vietnam Buddhist association.

Recognised as a member of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in 2013, the association is expanding its operation in Japan to increase support for fellow compatriots there.

This year Vietnam will host the United Nations Day of Vesak. Celebrations will be held in Bai Dinh Temple in the northern province of Ninh Binh on May 7-11.

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