Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said that the National Committee on Traffic Safety has closely cooperated with the VBS to encourage people to seriously observe the Road Traffic Law to save people’s lives and property and for safety of each person and happiness of each family.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The, Head of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, speaking at the event. (Photo:

Minister The also revealed that in the first seven months of this year, approximately 4,700 people died in traffic accidents and said that the government, ministries, departments and localities are striving to reduce the number of traffic accidents this year by 5 to 10%.

“The requiem for road accident victims in 2018 is significant, humanitarian and in line with the Buddhist ideology as well as the Party’s and State’s guidelines,” The stressed.

For his part, Most Venerable Thich Duc Thien, Vice President and Secretary General of the VBS, said that delivering a message “Commemorating the dead-For the living”, the VBS has advised its followers to seriously observe the Road Traffic Law, felt sorry for unlucky souls and shared empathy with the families that have members killed or injured in road traffic accidents.

Apart from the aforementioned event taking place at the VBS’s headquarters, pagodas under the VBS nationwide also hosted similar requiems on the occasion of the Vu lan worshipping ceremony, a Buddhist festival on the 15th day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, in which people worship and remember their dead parents.

The requiem aimed to commemorate and express compassion for unfortunate people who died in road accidents and to ease pains of their families.

It was a key activity of the organizers’ coordination program to boost information dissemination, education for and encourage monks, nuns and Buddhist followers to join hands to ensure traffic order and safety in the 2018-2022 period in an attempt to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.

Translated by Mai Huong