Buddhist event sparks environmental controversy for releasing 30,000 plastic lanterns to sea

tuoitrenews – Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 15:46 GMT+7

Lit-up lanterns are seen floating on Lan Ha off Hai Phong, northern Vietnam, on August 10, 2019. Photo: Thanh Trung / Tuoi Tre

An annual Buddhist festival held earlier this month in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong has attracted environmental criticism as it purportedly involved people setting as many as 30,000 plastic lanterns afloat on a local bay.

On the night of August 10, hundreds of people gathered in Cat Ba Town on Cat Hai Island, a district administered by Hai Phong, to observe Vu Lan Occasion, a festival Buddhist followers hold annually to pay homage to their parents and ancestors.

As part of the celebration, participants joined a ritual to release 30,000 water lanterns to the local Lan Ha Bay. Tiếp tục đọc “Buddhist event sparks environmental controversy for releasing 30,000 plastic lanterns to sea”