Khmer people at a pagoda (Photo: VNA)

Bac Lieu (VNA)
– Delegations from the Party Committee and authorities of the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu on October 8 visited and presented gifts to local Khmer religious dignitaries and people on the occasion of the traditional Sene Dolta Festival.

During the visits, the local leaders wished Khmer Buddhist monks and nuns, and people a happy and warm festival. They expressed their delight at the improving living conditions of local Khmer residents, with decreasing poverty rate and stable security, social order and safety.

The provincial authorities wished that in the coming time, Khmer religious dignitaries and people will continue promoting the tradition of patriotism and solidarity spirit among ethnic groups, contributing to maintaining security and order in the locality.

Khmer people are hoped to actively take part in implementing social security and economic development policies and work hard to escape poverty and enrich their homeland.

Monk Ly Sa Mouth, President of the provincial Association of Solidarity of Patriotic Buddhist Monks, thanked the local authorities for their attention and care for the association and the Khmer community.

In the coming time, the association as well as Buddhist monks and nuns will work closely with local authorities to care for Khmer ethnic people and continue encouraging them to obey the Party policies and State laws, while promoting solidarity among ethnic groups in the province, contributing to local development.

Bac Lieu is home to more than 15,000 Khmer households, accounting for 7.71 percent of its total population. They live in 32 out of 64 communes across the province, including 23 difficult communes.

The Sene Dolta Festival in the late eighth lunar month is one of the three biggest traditional festivals of Khmer people, along with Chol Chnam Thmay (New Year) and Ok Om Bok (a festival to thank the Moon for good harvests).

During this festival, Khmer people pay tribute to their ancestors and take part in community celebration activities with traditional songs and dances after a hard working year.-VNA