THE DAY OF THE DEAD - VU-LAN (or YULAN) FESTIVAL

The most spiritual day of July of the Dead is the 15th. That is the worst as well as the best day of the month. It is the worst day because this is when the Gates of Hell are fully opened. But it is also the best day because this is the day our departed loved ones come for a feast. We also call it Vu-Lan (or Yulan in other eastern cultures). Vietnamese, especially Buddhists, celebrate Vu-Lan (or Yulan) as our Parents' Day. We don't have Mother's Day or Father's Day. Just Vu-Lan for both of our beloved persons. We go to temples, knee down under the aura of Buddhas, and pray the best for our parents. Before going home, we stop by at the head monk office. There, visitors are given red roses if

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