17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The lantern releasing ceremony

Thousands of paper lanterns carrying ‘wishes’ were released by Vietnamese into a major canal in Saigon to mark the Buddhist Vesak festival 2019 in Vietnam. This photo took at a high view of one pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City when local people held lanterns on their hand preparing for the lantern releasing ceremony to pray for peace on the occasion of the most important festival in the Buddhist calendar, which marks the Buddha’s birth. It is on the 15th day of the 4th lunar month, or May 19, 2019.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2019
Date Uploaded: 05.2019
Photo Location: Ho Chi Minh , Vietnam
Camera: NIKON D800E
Copyright: © Huynh Thanh Huy