|Nearly 500 photos, calligraphy works and sculptures by 29 artists and sculptors are on display at an exhibition on Buddhist cultural and art works. The exhibition is part of the activities of Buddhist Cultural Week that celebrates Buddha’s 2,561st birth anniversary on May 2-10. - VNA/VNS Photo Thế Anh|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY— A wide variety of cultural activities are scheduled for the Buddhist Cultural Week to celebrate Buddha’s 2,561st birth anniversary.
The event, organised by the Việt Nam Buddhist Sangha Executive Committee in HCM City, kicked off on Tuesday night (May 2) at Phổ Quang Pagoda in HCM City’s Tân Bình District.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Venerable Thích Nhật Từ, head of the committee’s Cultural Board, said the Buddhist Cultural Week celebrates Buddha’s birth anniversary and honours, preserves and promotes the values of Buddhism.
With the theme of “Buddhist culture and nation,” the event is an opportunity for followers and local residents to learn about Buddhism’s culture, Từ said.
The event features an exhibition on Buddhist cultural and art works, a Buddhist cultural fair and a vegetarian cuisine fair.
Nearly 500 photos, calligraphy works and sculptures by 29 artists and sculptors are on display at an exhibition of Buddhist cultural and art works titled “Lotus Flower Blooming Season”.
The Buddhist cultural fair with 29 booths showcases Buddhist publications such as Buddhist scriptures, books, tapes, dishes and paintings as well as items of daily use in pagodas such as incense and candles.
The vegetarian cuisine fair with 18 booths offers various vegetarian dishes from different regions of the country.
Buddhist music performance and film screenings will be held on May 9-10 at Việt Nam Quốc Tự Pagoda in HCM City’s District 10.
The exhibition and fairs will run until May 10.—VNS