Thousands of people flocked to Phap Hoa Pagoda in District 3 in HCM City on May 30 to attend a lantern releasing and praying ritual on the occasion of Buddha's Birthday.
Release of lanterns is seen as a meaningful act in Buddhism. When candles are lit, people pray for peace of mind for themselves and everyone else.
Buddha's Birthday is in the fourth lunar month, commemorating the day Buddha Shakyamuni was born in the 7th century (BC).
This is considered the most important event for Buddhists across the world. The ceremony of releasing lanterns is held by Phap Hoa Pagoda every year on the occasion of Buddha's birthday, which is the largest lantern festival in Ho Chi Minh City.