Khmer people celebrate Chol Chnam Thmay (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan has conveyed congratulations to the Khmer community nationwide on the occasion of their traditional New Year festival Chol Chnam Thmay.

He said the VFF appreciates the Khmer people for complying with the Party policies and State laws while actively joining the campaign “The whole people united to build a cultural life in residential areas” and the drive “Vietnamese prioritise Vietnamese goods”, contributing to fulfilling the socio-economic tasks and ensuring social security in localities.

Over the past 30 years of renewal under the Party leadership, the material and spiritual lives of ethnic and religious groups, including Khmer people, have improved, he said.

The VFF leader also expressed his belief that the Khmer ethnic groups will continue upholding their tradition and the campaign “The whole people stand united to build new rural areas and civilised urban areas” launched by the VFF Central Committee, towards the goal “Wealthy people, strong country, democracy, fairness and civilisation”.

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

One of the most important practices in Chol Chnam Thmay is the Buddha bathing ceremony. Khmer people also bathe to pray for forgiveness for mistakes made in the previous year.

Various traditional activities such as folk games, dances and singing are also held during the festival.-VNA