Yen Tu spring festival opens amid tight anti-Covid-19 measures

23/02/2021 07:24

The Yen Tu spring festival 2021 was officially launched on February 21, or the 10th day of the first lunar month, by the Quang Ninh provincial Buddhist Sangha's Executive Counci. The event ensured all strict Covid-19 prevention methods.

The procession ceremony was held at Hoa Yen Pagoda within the Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape.

The festival of Yen Tu spring annually takes place on the 10th day of the first lunar month. Though this year’s event was downsized due to the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Vietnam, rituals still maintained parts of their long-standing traditions.

Participants were required to put on face masks and abide by other COVID-19 prevention measures.

Though this year’s event was downsized due to the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Vietnam, rituals still maintained parts of their long-standing traditions.

Attendants offered incense at the ancestor tower in order to pray for peace ahead in the new lunar year.

Most Venerable Thich Thanh Quyet, head of the Quang Ninh provincial Buddhist Sangha Executive Council, conducts traditional rituals as part of the occasion.

Yen Tu Mountain is located around 50 kilometres from Ha Long city. The area has awe-inspiring scenery, surrounded by ancient pagodas and hermitages.

Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308), the third King of the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400), ascended to the throne when he was just 21 years old. He was famed for defeating thr Mongol invaders twice during his 15-year reign.

The king abdicated when he was 35 and spent the rest of his life on Yen Tu Mountain practicing and propagating Buddhism. He founded the first Vietnamese School of Buddhism called “Thien Tong” or Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen on the 1,068m-high Yen Tu Mountain. The 20,000ha site is considered the capital of Vietnamese Buddhism.

Yen Tu became a major Buddhist Centre and King Tran Nhan Tong became its first leader under the religious name Dieu Ngu Giac Hoang Tran Nhan Tong. He ordered the construction of hundreds of religious buildings on Yen Tu Mountains for teaching and following a religious life.

Yen Tu was officially listed as a special national relic site in September 2012.

Translated by Phuong Loan

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