Vietnamese hold Buddhist ritual in Thailand

(VOV) - Vu Lan ceremony, a Buddhist ritual, is observed on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month for Vietnamese people to show their deep gratitude toward s not only the deceased but also their parents.

This year, Vietnamese nationals in Bangkok held the ceremony at Canh Phuoc pagoda, the oldest Vietnamese-built pagoda in the Thai capital.

A Bangkok-based VOV correspondent snapped some pictures of the ceremony. 

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Vietnamese Buddhist monks took part in the procession to the main hall of the pagoda 
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The ceremony was hosted by a Thai Buddhist monk, who presides over the pagoda,
and Vietnamese Buddhist monks
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The event attracted a large number of Vietnamese people living in Bangkok 
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Among the attendees were the President of the Thailand-Vietnam Cultural Association
and the President of the Vietnamese Association in Bangkok 

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Several Vietnam Studies researchers came early to observe the ceremony 
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Highlight of the event was pinning a rose on participants’ shirts, showing their gratitude towards the parents
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Showing great respect for the Thai Buddhist monk
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Canh Phuoc pagoda is the oldest in Bangkok capital 
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Preparing vegetarian food for the ceremony 
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Vietnamese Embassy staff also cooked vegetarian dishes themselves 
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Despite their age, many Vietnamese expats converged on the pagoda for the ceremony 
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Offering incense to ancestors