Vice President of the VFF Central Committee Ngo Sach Thuc  (fourth from right) presents gifts to Hoa Hao Buddhism Sangha’s Executive Committee (Source: VNA)

An Giang (VNA) – Nearly 2 million dignitaries and followers of Hoa Hao Buddhism from 17 provinces and cities attended a ceremony at An Hoa temple, Phu My town, Phu Tan district of southern An Giang province on July 1 to celebrate the sect’s 79th founding anniversary (the 18th day of the fifth lunar month).

Addressing the event, Nguyen Tan Dat, head of the Hoa Hao Buddhism Sangha’s Executive Committee, said that over the past years, Hoa Hao dignitaries and followers have always followed the teachings of Hoa Hao Buddhism founder, Prophet Huynh Phu So.

They have actively participated in patriotic emulation movements launched by the Party, State, Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), thus helping improve the living conditions of Hoa Hao followers in particular and the entire people in general.

At present, there are 399 local executive committees of Hoa Hao Buddhism in 17 cities and provinces.

Last year, Hoa Hao dignitaries and followers contributed over 402 billion VND (17.6 million USD) to social welfare activities.

On June 30, Vice President of the VFF Central Committee Ngo Sach Thuc visited and granted gifts to policy beneficiaries who are Hoa Hao followers in Phu My town.

He spoke highly of efforts by the Hoa Hao Buddhism Sangha Executive Committee, its local chapters and followers to respond to movements launched by the VFF, especially in social welfare and new-style rural building works.-VNA