15:56 | 07/02/2017 Society
The 2017 Yen Tu Spring Festival opened at Trinh Pagoda at the Yen Tu historical site in Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province on February 6, drawing tens of thousands of visitors, Buddhist monks, nuns and followers across the country.
The festival opened with a procession by over 200 Buddhist practitioners, followed by an arts programme under the theme “Yen Tu Enters Spring.”
The opening ceremony also featured lion and dragon dances, drums and bell beats, a ceremony to pray for peace for the country and prosperity for the people, and an incense offering to the Buddha.
As one of the country’s major Buddhist centres, Yen Tu Mountain welcomes tens of thousands Buddhist pilgrims and visitors from across the country during Tet (the Lunar New Year Festival). On the first day of the first month of the current lunar year, the site welcomed over 3,800 visitors.
The Yen Tu Spring Festival, which opens on the tenth day of the first lunar month and lasts until the end of the third lunar month, is one of the largest festivals in Vietnam’s northern region. This year’s event is expected to receive more than two million visitors.