Illustrative photo. (Photo: VNA)
Vinh Long (VNA) – A delegation of the Central Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region on September 27 visited several pagodas in southern Vinh Long province and the provincial Patriotic United Buddhist Association on the occasion of the Sene Dolta festival.

The delegation, led by Major General Nguyen Doan Ket, head of the committee’s Department for Security and National Defence, wished the Khmer people a merry and happy festival.

They hailed Khmer Buddhist followers for joining with local people and authorities in realising the Party’s policies and guidelines and the State’s laws, contributing to local socio-economic development, political security and social order.

The Sene Dolta Festival is one of the largest annual Khmer festivals, along with Chol Chnam Thmay (New Year) and Ooc Oom Bok, a festival to thank the Moon for good harvests.

It lasts from the 30th day of the eighth lunar month to the second day of the ninth lunar month each year, during which Khmer people pay tribute to their ancestors and take part in community celebration activities with traditional songs and dances after a hard working year.

The majority of Vietnam’s Khmer population reside in the southwestern region, who worship at more than 450 Khmer pagodas.-VNA