Hoa Hao followers celebrate 98th birthday of the sect’s founder hinh anh 1A representative from Military Zone 9 High Command presents flowers congratulating Hoa Hao Buddhism followers on the 98th birthday of the sect’s founder (Source: VNA)

An Giang (VNA) – The 98th birth anniversary of Hoa Hao Buddhism founder, Prophet Huynh Phu So, was celebrated at An Hoa temple, Phu My town, Phu Tan district, the southern province of An Giang, on January 11 (the 25th day of the 11th lunar month).

The event was attended by Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang, representatives from the Ministry of Public Security, Military Zone 9 High Command and An Giang authorities, along with over 20,000 Hoa Hao Buddhism followers inside and outside the province.

Truong Hoang Trong, Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front – An Giang chapter, said that since it was recognised by the State, Hoa Hao Buddhism has upheld the patriotic tradition and promoted national unity.

In 2017, Hoa Hao Buddhism followers donated about 372 billion VND (16.3 million USD) to charity activities, contributing to the success in fulfilling socio-economic development tasks and building new-style rural areas.

Prophet Huynh Phu So was born on January 15, 1920 in Hoa Hao village, Chau Doc province (now An Giang province).  

Hoa Hao Buddhism now has 391 executive committees in 17 cities and provinces and over 2 million followers nationwide, mostly in An Giang.-VNA