Over 300,000 Khmer people in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh will celebrate their traditional New Year festival Chol-Chnam-Thmay in electricity-lit new houses from April 14-16.

Since its re-establishment in 1992, Tra Vinh has worked hard to carry out State preferential policies targeting ethnic populations, including the building of infrastructures to improve production capacity and give the rural area a new face.

Under the water and housing projects for ethnic minority groups, the province has built 13,182 houses for disadvantaged Khmer households and provided clean safe water to over 87 percent of rural households at a total cost of 132 billion VND.

The province is striving to realise its goal of 100 percent of Khmer households having their own houses and over 50 percent of labourers get vocational training and stable jobs. From 2009-2011, over 20,000 people in 7 districts will get access to electricity under a joint project with Vietnam Electricity Corporation.

A network of schools has been built across the province, ensuring all children of school age have access to education.

At primary schools with a high rate of ethnic children, lessons are taught in both Vietnamese and Khmer language.

In addition, the province built the Khmer Cultural Museum in 1995 to which preserved over 600 objects of high spiritual and material value to the Khmer people in general and Tra Vinh province in particular.

The provincial TV-radio station has been running daily programmes in Khmer, and there is also a weekly as well as bulletins dedicated to the local Khmer population./.