The Executive Board of the Buddhist Sangha in Quang Ninh province announced on January 13 that nearly 5,000 monks, nuns, Buddhists, and pilgrims will attend the religious event.

The festival will take place from the 10th day of the first lunar month and will continue until the end of the third lunar month.

A range of activities will be organized at the opening ceremony, including traditional rituals and art performances.

A night lantern festival, a prayer ceremony for national peace and prosperity, lion dances, martial arts performances, and folk games will all be held during the festival.

Highlighting the festival will be a painting exhibition showcasing the magnificent beauty of the Yen Tu Monuments and Landscapes.

The Yen Tu spring festival is an annual event that pays tribute to the significant value of Yen Tu Mountain, the birthplace of the Truc Lam Zen sect, and the contributions made by King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong.

King Tran Nhan Tong established the first Vietnamese School of Buddhism called “Thien Tong”, also known as Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen, on the 1,068m-high Yen Tu Mountain. This 20,000ha site is widely regarded as the capital of Vietnamese Buddhism.

The Yen Tu scenic site was officially designated as a special national relic site in September 2012 and attracts millions of visitors annually.