The traditional mid-autumn holiday (Tet Trung Thu), a traditional celebration in some Southeast Asian countries, is drawing near. For the Cao Đài community, it is the second Holiest Day of the year, only after the Supreme Being Day. The festival named "Diêu Trì Festival" takes place annually on the 14-15th days of the eight month in the lunar calendar. The Festival is first and foremost to pay homage to the Divine Mother (Diêu Trì Kim Mẫu) and other Divine Beings, esp. the Nine Female Buddhas. It is also the time when the Divine Mother blesses Her pious children on their path to enlightenment. During this time, Cao Đài followers from many areas in Vietnam travel to the Holy See to partake in various celebrations including flower and fruit display, holy mass, holy procession, etc. In ancient times, kings like Wu of Han must build palaces for the Divine Mother to receive such blessings. Now we are so blessed that we only have to go to Cao Đài Temples (e.g. the Holy See) to pray to Her.
Below is a video from last year festival (in Vietnamese). Most scenes can be understood visually, however. We would like to invite friends everywhere to join us this year too.
The Divine Mother appeared in many religious traditions throughout history. For example, in Hinduism and primordial Buddhism (Brahmanism), She is known as Shiva - one of the three Hindu Supreme Gods. Taoism often calls Her by the name "the Queen Mother of the West", and Confucian records reveal one of Her past lives during the Yellow Emperor dynasty. Now, our Divine Mother has revealed Herself under the name "Diêu Trì Kim Mẫu"; i.e. She resides in the Diêu Trì realm in the Heaven of Creation.
To help you learn more about Her, we have initiated a new dedicated page on our website below. Feel free to explore and to SHARE with others.