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UN Day of Vesak 2019 Celebration to start on May 12

The United Nations Day of Vesak 2019 Celebration is set to begin in Tam Chuc Pagoda in the northern province of Ha Nam on May 12.

According to the organisers, more than 1,600 international delegates of over 110 countries and territories have arrived to attend the event, including Government and State leaders, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, representatives of ministries, agencies and localities, and monks, nuns and Buddhist followers.

UN Day of Vesak 2019, Vesak Celebration, Tam Chuc Pagoda, Ha Nam province, international delegates, Buddhist followers, responsible leadership, sustainable peace

Tam Chuc Pagoda in the northern province of Ha Nam, the venue of the UN Day of Vesak 2019 Celebration.

Themed “Buddhist approach to global leadership and shared responsibilities for sustainable cities,” the Vesak 2019 celebration will take place from May 12-14.

It will comprise of five workshops which will bring up issues like responsible leadership for sustainable peace, Buddhist approaches to family issues, healthcare, education, morality, responsible consumption and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Buddhism.

Nearly 400 speeches in English by foreign scholars and 110 others in Vietnamese will be presented at forums in the framework of the Festival. Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who is also Chairman of the Rajya Sabha - the upper house of the Parliament of India, will be the main speaker of the celebration.

Along with workshops and forums, the festival will feature Buddhist rituals, a floral lantern release, and an exhibition, among others.

A social network for Buddhists at http://butta.vn and a postage stamp to celebrate the UN Day of Vesak 2019 were launched on May 11.

It will be the third time the UN’s commemoration of Vesak is held in Vietnam. Previously, it took place in Hanoi in 2008 and the northern province of Ninh Binh in 2014

"Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the year’s most sacred day to the millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha passed away.

The UN General Assembly internationally recognised the Day of Vesak in 1999 to acknowledge the contributions Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made to humanity.

The UN Day of Vesak was first held in 2001.

Over 1,600 delegates register for UN Day of Vesak
As many as 1,650 delegates from 112 countries and territories worldwide have registered to attend the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak scheduled for May 12-14 in the northern province of Ha Nam, according to organisers. 
 
1,500 foreign delegates to attend Vesak 2019
Up to 1,500 international delegates from 106 countries and territories and the United Nations (UN) will attend the UN Day of Vesak Celebrations 2019 slated for May 12-14 at Tam Chuc Buddhist Culture Centre in the northern province of Ha Nam, according to organisers.
 
Ha Nam province gears up for Vesak celebrations
The northern province of Ha Nam has been working hard to prepare for the United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations scheduled for May 12-14.
 
Heightened security for UN Day of Vesak 2019 in Vietnam
Deputy Minister of Public Security Sen. Lt. Gen. Bui Van Nam on March 11 asked local authorities and police to ensure tight security for the UN Day of Vesak 2019, which is slated for May 10-15 at the Tam Chuc Buddhist Culture Centre in Kim Bang district, the northern province of Ha Nam. 
 
Ha Nam shows active coordination in hosting UN Vesak Day 2019
The People’s Committee of Ha Nam held a conference on March 5 to launch the plan to coordinate with and support the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha to organize the UN Day of Vesak 2019, which is slated for May 10-15 at the Tam Chuc Buddhist Culture Centre in Kim Bang district.
 

Source: VNA

UN Day of Vesak 2019, Vesak Celebration, Tam Chuc Pagoda, Ha Nam province, international delegates, Buddhist followers, responsible leadership, sustainable peace
 
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