The Quan The Am Procession
Originating from India, after thousands of years, Buddhism has become popular in many countries around the world, with each country adopting Buddhism in a different way, that in turn has created the richness and diversity for these beliefs. The Festival this year will have a special cross-spiritual culture between Indian and Vietnamese Buddhism. Thanks to the valuable support of the Indian Embassy in Viet Nam, and the Viet Nam-India Friendship Association in Da Nang City, as well as the contributions of Buddhist and art organizations, the Festival will have a great deal of featured cultural exchange programs such as the Indian traditional art performance, the exhibition of Indian Buddhist monuments, a Bodhi tree planting ceremony, an exchange program from the delegation of Bodh Gaya, India.
Participating together with the Indian delegations will be some Japanese artists. Besides calligraphy, traditional Japanese dance, a musical instrument concert; it is also said that Ikebana flower arrangement originated from the ceremony of flower offerings to the Buddha. The cultural convergence of the three countries at the Festival could be considered as a continuation of the India – Viet Nam - Japan relations in the Central Region.
The Korean Buddhist delegations, the Spanish religion research group and other international visitors will also attend the Festival.
The crowds of people that come to the Buddhist ceremony at the Quan The Am Festival
The Festival will be held from 2nd to 4th April this year, with many rituals and entertaining activities such as the opening ceremony of the Village Flag; Thuong phan, Thuong ky ceremony; fine art exhibitions; calligraphy; the publication of Dieu Am - special journal for the Quan The Am Festival; the incense offering ceremony to Princess Huyen Tran; Spring ceremony to pray for the peace of the country and people; the Tribute ceremony to the ancestors of the Stone Carving Village; Vietnamese martial arts performances; the sermon of Thich Giac Toan monk; traditional boat racing, as well as leisure activities such as a bonfire, Olympic day - Running for public health, and so on.
Along with the efforts in preparation by the municipal government, monks, and local Buddhists, especially with the attention and attendance of international Buddhists and delegations, the Quan The Am 19/2 - Ngu Hanh Son Festival is expected to contribute to strengthening friendship and cultural exchange between Da Nang City and international friends.