A delegation from Ho Chi Minh City authorities visited the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and its HCM City chapter on the occasion of the 2,555 th birthday of Lord Buddha on May 13.

On behalf of municipal leaders, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Secretary of the city’s Party Committee, extended their best wishes to Buddhist dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers.

She also spoke highly of their participation in social activities, especially in cultural, healthcare and charitable programmes, which have significantly contributed to national development.

Most Venerable Thich Tu Nhon, Vice Chairman of the VBS Executive Board said the Vietnamese Buddhists always stood shoulder to shoulder with the whole nation to boost socio-economic development.

The same day, representatives of Vinh Long provincial Party Committee, People’s Committee and Fatherland Front held a meeting to offer gifts to 50 Buddhist dignitaries, monks and nuns.

On the occasion of Lord Buddha’s birthday, leaders of many provinces, including Dak Lak, Nam Dinh and An Giang, visited and congratulated the provincial Buddhist Sangha Executive Boards and Buddhist followers./.