Buddhism spring festival to open in early February

Khai Nguyen Pagoda in Hanoi's suburban town of Son Tay will host a Buddhism spring festival from February 4-7.

Most Venerable Thich Dao Thinh, the pagoda's head monk said at a press briefing on Monday that the festival aims to promote the country's traditional cultural values, pray for a New Year of happiness, health and peace and encourage understanding, love, and community connection. Highlights at the event include a flower exhibition, a fair of vegan food and sport and folk games like tugs of war, walking on stilts and boat racing. 60 vegetarian restaurants across the country are expected to attend the event. Khai Nguyen Pagoda and participating restaurants hope to set a Guinness record with 1,000 hot pots of vegetarian food at the festival.

Source: VOV5