The southern province of Vinh Long, home to 24,000 Khmer people, is carrying out various activities to help the community enjoy the traditional Chol Chnam Thmay New Year.

Thirteen delegations from the provincial authorities, Fatherland Front and social associations visited, presented gifts and expressed greetings to Khmer monks and nuns, families receiving social welfare and the poor.

On April 13 and 14, Vinh Long will organise the 4 th culture and sports festival for Khmer people in Tan My commune, Tra On district. Many activities will take place, including a Khmer singing and dancing festival, an exhibition on the movement to build new rural areas, a traditional Khmer cuisine festival, and various traditional folk games.

On April 8, a delegation from the Southwest Steering Committee and Can Tho City visited and presented New Year gifts to monks and nuns in Can Tho City, the Khmer Theravada Buddhism Institute, and Munirensay, Pothi Somron and Sanvor temples. The delegation also presented gifts to 15 poor households in Ninh Kieu and O Mon districts.

Offering greetings to Khmer people in the city, deputy head of the aforementioned committee Nguyen Phong Quang stressed that this year, his committee and local authorities will continue to solidify policies aimed at improving the lives of Khmer people, especially the poor.

The same day, Bac Lieu province held a gathering with more than 450 Khmer Buddhist monks, retired and incumbent officials and soldiers.

Addressing the congregation, Khmer representatives expressed their gratitude to the provincial authorities and Party. They stressed that they will continue implementing the Party and State’s policies and laws.

According to Vice Chairwoman of the Bac Lieu provincial People’s Committee Le Thi Ai Nam, Khmer people have made great contributions to the province’s achievements. Last year, the number of poor Khmer households reduced by more than 2 percent and all Khmer households got access to clean water.-VNA