A representative of the Government's Committee for Religious Affairs (L) presents flowers to congratulate Caodaists on the religion's 94th founding anniversary (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – A grand ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City on October 2 to celebrate the 94th founding anniversary of the Caodaism.

Reviewing the religion’s establishment, Nguyen Huu Nhon, head of the management board of Nam Thanh Church – one of the first churches of Caodaism, said the then leader of Caodaism Le Van Trung and 247 Caodaists reported the religion’s foundation to the government on the 23rd day of the 8th lunar month in 1926, which became the founding day of this religion.

He called on followers to remain united and uphold the patriotism tradition to contribute to the national solidarity and the development and protection of the country, which is also in line with the religion’s values.

In the 93rd year of Caodaism, the management board of Nam Thanh Church and other churches carried out many charitable activities to support the elderly and children with disadvantages and flood victims, and offered free check-ups and medicine to the poor. They also helped with the construction of about 20 places of worship.

Caodaism, full name Dai dao Tam ky Pho do (The Great Faith for the Third Universal Redemption), worships the Divine Eye, known as the eye of heaven and a symbol of supreme of the religion. 

It is one of the major religions in Vietnam, with 10,000 dignitaries and about 2.5 million followers in Vietnam and 30,000 living overseas. The religion has about 1,300 places of worship nationwide.-VNA