Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s atmosphere is not as lively as in the previous years.
Today, September 2, is National Day, but large pagodas in Hanoi attract small numbers of visitors.
Most visitors wear face masks and stay one metre from one another to prevent the possible spread of the COVID-19 disease.
However, several people, like this woman, fail to observe regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
Without understanding the significance of the Vu Lan festival and Buddhist teachings, many people still believe that burning a lot of votive papers on this occasion is to pay homage to grandparents and ancestors.
According to Buddhist teachings, one of the most practical ways for someone to show gratitude to parents is to take care of the parents when they are still alive.
Tran Quoc pagoda, a famous place of worship for Buddhist followers, attracts very few visitors this year
Visitors burn incense, praying for good luck and health for parents and other relatives during the Vu Lan festival.
The Vu Lan festival is also an occasion when people uphold the tradition of releasing birds and fish into nature.