HẢI DƯƠNG — Hundreds of residents of the northern province of Hải Dương attended the Lễ rước nước (water-procession ritual) in Côn Sơn Pagoda on Sunday.
A parade of monks and residents, dressed in ritual costumes, walked from the pagoda to nearby Côn Sơn lake carrying a big vase to take "sacred" water. Delegates and monks traveled to the centre of the lake, which is considered the best place for clear water, by dragon boat. They also offered incense, notified deities, released birds, and prayed for water.
Lễ mộc dục (Buddha statue bathing ceremony) was then performed in the pagoda.
The water procession ritual is among a series of events of Côn Sơn-Kiếp Bạc Festival, which has nearly 700-year history. —VNS