About Vu Lan Festival in Vietnam – Vietnam Travel

Vu Lan, often known as Ghost Festival or Wandering Souls Day, is a crucial day in non secular lifetime of Vietnamese individuals. So it’s yearly held on fifteenth July of the lunar calendar. After the Lunar New Year (Tet Holiday), that is the second largest annual conventional competition in Vietnam. Because individuals rejoice at the present time to pay particular tribute to oldsters and ancestors. Therefore Travel Sense Asia want to share with you some details about Vu Lan Festival in Vietnam.

1. Legend of the competition

The origin of Vu Lan Festival got here from the legend of Muc
Kien Lien, one of many Buddha’s ten principal disciples. According to that the
mom of Muc Kien Lien has commited many crimes in her earlier life. So after
died she had been suffered from hell’s tortures and have become a ravenous ghost.

Legend of Vu Lan Festival

To save her Muc Kien Lien requested the Buddha for his
assist. Following Buddha’s recommendation, he collected a gaggle of monks and did a pray
for his mom on the seventh full moon day of the yr. Thanks to the piety
of  Muc Lien Lien and pray of the monks his
mom was launched and not suffered from hell’s tortures.

Since then, Vu Lan Festival has been held on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month. So that is an event for individuals to point out their piety and respect to their dad and mom, ancestors. So that the gates of hell might be opened and all of the useless souls can come again to the earth and collect to their household.

2. Activities in Vu Lan Festival

Vu Lan Festival may be seen all through the nation
with many various actions. Not solely Buddha’s followers however all Vietnamese
individuals will rejoice Vu Lan Festival.

On this
event individuals will go to pagodas, make choices to
Buddha and the monks, pray and pay tribute to oldsters. They additionally hearken to the
lecture in regards to the accountability of kids to oldsters from monks as nicely. Each
Buddhist has a flower (normally rose) in entrance of their chest: purple flower if
their dad and mom reside and white flower if their dad and mom have handed away.

Prayer in Vu Lan Festival

Moreover individuals will put together a tray with varied
scrumptious dishes and votive as nicely to placed on ancestral altar at house. The
householder, as traditional, will burn incense and invite ancestors in addition to
homeless souls to return and rejoice the competition with household. After that, all
household’s members will collect and benefit from the meal collectively.

Vegetarian meals is hottest on this event. However within the fashionable life it isn’t an obligation to have a meal collectively at house. Family can go to the restaurant and check out vegetarian meals. In Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City it isn’t so laborious to discover a vegetarian eating places. Here are some suggestions for you:


Co Dam Restaurant – 68 Tran Hung Dao St.

Vegito – 45 Ngo Thi Nham St.

Uu Dam Chay – 55 Nguyen Du St.

Sadhu – 87
Ly Thuong Kiet St.

Ho Chi Minh City

Man Tu Vega
– 201 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St. District 1

Chay Sen
Restaurant – 93-95 Pho Duc Chinh St. District 1

Vegetarian – 25C Tu Xuong, District 3

Budhha – 31
Dang Tat, District 1

Although the official Vu Lan vacation is July 15th, individuals will rejoice for the entire month. It is known as Vu Lan season. In the season, individuals can go to pagodas to wish daily. Many eat vegetarians for the entire of month.

They additionally do some volunteer works or give the poor rice, noodles, soy sauce… as nicely. Or launch birds, fishes, assist them come again to the pure setting. All of these issues are to ship besh needs to their dad and mom.

Laterns on the river in Hoi An in Vu Lan Festival

In virtually provinces Vietnamese individuals will rejoice the competition in the identical means. However in Hoi An there’s a particular exercise. That is to mild small lanterns for our family members and set them afloat on the Hoai River. It is meant that mild will cleared the path for wandering souls.

Vu Lan Festival isn’t solely celebrated in Vietnam but additionally within the international locations having Buddhism equivalent to China, Japan, Malaysia and so forth.  It reminds individuals to recollect the delivery and parenting of the dad and mom. Vu Lan Festival is a perfect and particular occasion for international guests when travelling to Vietnam to find Vietnam’s tradition, expertise and perceive extra about Vietnamese values.

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