Hoa Hao Buddhism celebrates 78th founding anniversary hinh anh 1A​n official of the Steering Committee of the Southwestern Region (L) presents flowers to congratulate the Hoa Hao Buddhist Sangha at the ceremony in An Giang (Photo: VNA)

An Giang (VNA) – The Central Executive Committee of the Hoa Hao Buddhist Sangha marked the 78th founding anniversary of the Buddhist branch with a grand ceremony at An Hoa Pagoda in Phu Tan district, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, on June 12.

At the event, an official of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs said Hoa Hao Buddhism was founded by Prophet Huynh Phu So on the 18th day of the fifth lunar month (which falls on June 12 this year) in 1939. 

Since then, the Hoa Hao Buddhist Sangha has popularised the principle of “following the Buddha and making self-improvement” to millions of people and maintained close connection with people in the southern region, including An Giang. Hoa Hao followers have adhered to the traditional teachings and ethical values, helping to promote patriotism and solidarity.

That has helped the Hoa Hao Buddhist Sangha to develop stably and join people nationwide in the national development and protection, the official added.

In 2016, Hoa Hoa Buddhist followers donated more than 363 billion VND (16 million USD), over 91 billion VND (4 million USD) of which came from followers in An Giang, to charity and social works.

Also on June 12, the representative board of Hoa Hao Buddhism in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang held a ceremony to mark the religion’s 78th founding anniversary.

There are 397 local executive committees of Hoa Hao Buddhism in 17 provinces and cities at present, according to the Hoa Hao Buddhist Sangha.-VNA