The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long held a ceremony on July 1 to mark the 76th founding anniversary of Hoa Hao Buddhism (1939-2015).

At the event, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha spoke highly of the contributions made by the Hoa Hao followers to the community. She expressed her belief that the religion will continue to strengthen national unity and support campaigns run by the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

She asked relevant organisations to look after resident livelihoods including Hoa Hao followers, considering it a crucial mission to build national solidarity.

Vinh Long province is currently home to 30,000 Hoa Hao followers who have carried out a raft of activities to help the impoverished.

Founded in 1939 in An Giang province, the Hoa Hao Buddhism sect now has over 2 million followers in 19 cities and provinces nationwide-VNA