Thousands of people, visitors and Buddhist monks and nuns attended the opening ceremony of Quan The Am (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) Festival on July 19 morning.
At the festival held in Bang Lang Village, Thuy Bang Commune, Huong Thuy District, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue Province, people burnt incense and release birds in hopes for peace and happiness.
The event includes various activities such as music shows, camping, prayers, as well as the releasing flower garlands and coloured lanterns.
Some photos of the festival:
The image of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
Superior Buddhist Monk Thich Duc Phuong (in the middle), Head of the festival’s organising board, with other devotees
A tree for the Buddha
Flowers for Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
Elderly join in the ceremonies
Children surround the actress playing the role of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
An old woman is led to the festival by children
The statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva