Other pagodas around the city too have been holding prayers.
A charity music show, Vang trang me (Mother – moon), was held at the Ben Thanh Theatre.
Calligraphy and paintings exhibitions on Buddhism and the love for Vietnamese mothers are scheduled for Aug. 25-29.
Superior Buddhist monk Thich Thien Bao, head of the city Buddhism Association’s Culture and Entertainment Board, said the exhibitions would display a giant prayer book titled Bao phu mau an (Repaying our parents).
Prayers and charity offerings to the poor will be held at the Suoi Tien Cultural Park in district 9.
Le Vu lan, an occasion for children to express their devotion to their parents, is also an occasion to enjoy vegetarian food. Many city restaurants will have vegetarian buffets during the month.
Earlier, the Vietnamese Institute for Buddhism and the Institute for Buddhism Study had organized an international seminar on The role of Vietnam in East Asian Buddhism and the Initiative of Cultural E-Map at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda on Aug. 21-23.