Khmer people celebrate the traditional New Year, Chol Chnam Thmay, at pagodas. (Photo: VNA)

Soc Trang (VNA) – A delegation of the Southwest Steering Committee and National Assembly deputies of the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on April 14 sent greetings to Khmer people on their traditional New Year, Chol Chnam Thmay.

The delegation was led by deputy head of the Southwest Steering Committee Vo Minh Chien.

Visiting Prey Chop Temple in Lai Hoa commune, Vinh Chau town and Prek On Dok Pagoda in Thanh Phu commune, My Xuyen district, the delegation wished dignitaries and monks as well as the entire society of local Khmer people a happy traditional festival.

Deputy head of the Southwest Steering Committee Vo Minh Chien hoped that Khmer monks and state workers would work hard to inspire patriotism and national solidarity among local Khmer communities, contributing to ensuring security and economic development in the province.

Chol Chnam Thmay is one of the most important events of the year for the Khmer community. It usually lasts three days and is celebrated in pagodas.

More than 400,000 Khmer people in Soc Trang are marking this year’s festival, which falls on April 13-16, or the seventh to tenth day of the third lunar month.-VNA