August 03, 2010
It was a big weekend in Hanoi, Vietnam. On Friday the city began a week-long celebration of its 1,000th anniversary and on Sunday the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi was recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a World Heritage Site. The World Heritage list includes 911 places that the World Heritage Committee considers to have "outstanding universal value."
The 1,000th anniversary celebration opened with a ceremony at the citadel. From Sai Gon Giai Phong:
Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of Vietnam’s Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Council, delivered the opening speech, confirming the role played by Vietnamese Buddhists in the country’s history of national construction and defense.
A ceremony to burn incense for King Ly Thai To, the founder of Hanoi, and Kings and monks through ages was also held.
On the occasion, the Central Committee of Vietnam’s Buddhist Sangha presented 25 charity houses to disadvantaged families and 500 scholarships to poor students in Hanoi.
On Saturday the celebration continued with a night festival complete with flower garlands and colored lanterns. From VOV news:
A ceremony to praise for a peaceful world and prosperity took place in the fanciful light of over 7,000 candles.
The festival concluded with special art performances to praise Buddha and the 1,000 year-old culture of Thang Long-Hanoi.
Happy 1,000th anniversary Hanoi! Read more about the celebrations and events here.