Cao Dai dignitaries and followers attend ceremony to mark the religion's 90th founding anniversary - Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The 90th founding anniversary of the Cao Dai religion was celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City on September 23.

Attending the event were representatives from the Government Committee on Religious Affairs, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee in the southern region, local authorities and other religious organisations in the city.

Nguyen Huu Nhon, Head of the management board of the Nam Thanh Oratory, which hosted the celebration, called on Cao Dai dignitaries and followers to do more for the national great unity and the nation construction and safeguarding.

Over the past years, Cao Dai followers of the Nam Thanh Oratory have actively participated in patriotic emulation movements and humanitarian programmes such as free health check-ups and provision of medicines for poor people.

Cao Dai, which was founded in 1926, is one of the major religions in Vietnam, with 10,000 dignitaries, along with about 2.5 million followers in Vietnam and 30,000 living overseas. The religion has 1,300 places of worship in 37 provinces and cities nationwide.

The founding of the religion is celebrated on the 15 th day of the 10 th lunar month by most of the dignitaries and followers.

However, several sects, including the Nam Thanh Oratory, consider the 23 rd day of the eighth lunar month (September 23) as the day when the religion was founded.-VNA