Most Venerable Thich Gia Quang, Deputy General Secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Board, said that the activities are to pay tribute to the founders of Thang Long-Hanoi and Vietnamese Buddhism, as well as those who sacrificed their lives for national liberation.
The celebrations will begin on July 27 with a procession carrying tablets that belonged to King Ly Thai To, the founder of Hanoi and Van Hanh, a Buddhist monk who raised the King after his mother had died giving birth, to the Thang Long Citadel.
Later the same day, a procession carrying Buddha’s sari from Quan Su pagoda, the headquarters of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, to the Citadel, where a talk on the history of Buddhism and Thang Long-Hanoi will be held.
The official opening ceremony will be held on July 28, followed by an exhibition showcasing Buddhist ancient artifacts and works of fine art.
A ceremony will also be held at the citadel on July 29 to pray for peace and the people as well as a requiem for fallen combatants on July 31.
The closing ceremony will be on the evening of August 2.