Steering committee congratulates Khmer people on Sene Dolta festival hinh anh 1Head of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region's department for ethnic minority and religious affairs Ha Huu Lien (L) congratulates monks at Hanh Phuc Tang Pagoda on the Sene Dolta festival (Photo: VNA)

Vinh Long (VNA) – Officials of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region congratulated Khmer ethnic people on their traditional Sene Dolta festival while visiting Theravada Buddhist pagodas in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long on September 14.

The delegation visited the pagodas of Toa Sen in Dong Thanh commune, Dai Tho in Loan My commune, Go Xoai in Tan My commune and Hanh Phuc Tang in Trung Thanh commune, along with the Vinh Long Association for Solidarity of Patriotic Buddhist Monks.

Offering congratulations, the officials hailed the solidarity of the monks, the association and Khmer people in joining local authorities in implementing the Party’s guidelines and policies and the State’s laws, which has helped boost local socio-economic development, ensure political security and social order and safety.

They also expressed their hope that the Buddhist dignitaries and monks and the solidarity association will continue encouraging locals to comply with the Party and State’s policies and laws, step up economic activities and uphold Khmer traditions.

Most Venerable Son Ngoc Huynh, head of the Vinh Long Association for Solidarity of Patriotic Buddhist Monks, said they will continue to guide local Buddhist followers in economic activities, participating in movements launched by the Party, the State and local authorities, and adhering to the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s directions and law.

The Sene Dolta Festival in the late eighth lunar month, lasting from September 19 to 21 this year, is one of the three biggest traditional festivals of Khmer people, along with Chol Chnam Thmay (New Year) and Ok Om Bok (a festival to thank the Moon for good harvests).

During this festival, Khmer people pay tribute to their ancestors and take part in community celebration activities with traditional songs and dances after a hard working year.-VNA