The feeling of the New Year's Eve celebration at Hoang Phap Pagoda

Update: 05/02/2022
New Year's Eve is the moment of transition from the old year to the new year. This is the time when heaven and earth harmonize, all things arouse into intense vitality. This precious sacred New Year's Eve is the time for the Sangha of Hoang Phap Pagoda, Hoc Mon, Ho Chi Minh City to gather together to welcome the new year with a traditional Buddhist New Year's Eve ritual.
 

The feeling of the New Year's Eve celebration at Hoang Phap Pagoda

 

Buddhism has increasingly entered into our country today. Since then, the pagodas have become a spiritual fulcrum for the nation. People often come to the pagoda from New Year's Eve to worship Buddha and pray for good things, and receive lucky money at the beginning of the year.

This year Ho Chi Minh City is one of the hot spots for the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, so a warm and solemn New Year's Eve celebration was held at Hoang Phap Pagoda, Hoc Mon, which is an especially suitable image for the epidemic situation in our country.

After the time of praying with incense, the Sangha and Buddhists solemnly read and chanted sutras to pray for a peaceful world. In that sacred moment with a feeling of silence, purity and holiness, Most Venerable Thich Chan Tinh wished everyone a happy and joyful Maitreya Spring with family and loved ones. We listened to his first words of the year and “Happy New Year” wishes.

The Year of the Rat 2021, was the time when the Covid-19 epidemic broke out strongly in Ho Chi Minh City and many other countries, causing loss of property and lives of millions of people around the world. Monks and Buddhists have made great efforts to contribute efforts and wealth to support the people in Hoc Mon, especially the hostels, to promptly support them to overcome difficulties. Today we were able to attend the New Year celebration which was a great happiness because we have overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. We must cherish the time we have in this life, make efforts to practice to purify our body and mind, reduce greed, hatred and ignorance, and contribute our efforts to the Buddha-Dharma and to everyone. If you do that, life has meaning.

The Sangha of Hoang Phap Pagda and the Buddhists who were participating in the New Year's Eve program will become the practice of offering the compassionate energy and blessings we have practiced for many years, hoping Covid-19 will end soon.

Many people returned to Hoang Phap pagoda to attend the Buddha's prayer ceremony and celebrated the Abbot's birthday. He sent to the people presenting in the main hall with gifts of Dharma and lucky money.

After chanting prayers for peace, Venerable Thich Tam Truong, Deputy Abbot of Hoang Phap pagoda, offered the Abbot the New Year's greetings. The Abbot Venerable has always been a shining example for monastic disciples and Buddhists at home to follow to practice and know more about their responsibilities.

Before that, on the nights of December 27&28, the Year of  Buffalo, the Monks and Buddhists of  Hoang Phap Pagoda gave more than 200 gifts to people in difficult conditions. From Hoang Phap Pagoda, the Monks and Buddhists spread out on the roads from Hoc Mon to Tan Binh, District 3... to hand-deliver spring gifts to the homeless, lottery ticket sellers, people sleeping on the sidewalk, people picking up bottles... This was a humane and practical job and this was also the second year that Hoang Phap Pagoda has shared the joy of the Spring Festival with the needy people.

At Hoang Phap Pagoda, people come there to worship the Buddha, pray for the best and receive Dharma gifts and lucky money.

On New Year's Eve, the pagoda doors were wide open, in the moment of harmony between heaven and earth, the vows mixed with the ringing of bells brought better wishes for truth - goodness - beauty, living in poverty but deeply in Dharma goodness is what the Buddha wants us - his beloved children to practice, he taught that:

“He has no thatched hut

He has no home

He has no attached strings

He is free from evil."

(Sayutta Nikāya Series I)

We vow to renew ourselves, practice diligently, and do many good deeds according to the Buddha's teachings to have a peaceful and happy life.

“Avoid doing evil deeds

Diligent in doing good works

Keep our mind clean

It's the Buddha's teaching."

The New Year's Eve ceremony was successfully completed in the joy of the mass.

Hoa Đạo

Translated into English by cao Thanh Tuyền

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