Hoa Hao Buddhists celebrate founding anniversary

VOV News, June 19, 2011

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Celebrations of the Hoa Hao Buddhist sect’s 72nd founding anniversary have been held across Vietnam’s 15 provinces and cities with support of local authorities.

The sectís Central Executive Committee said the celebrations took place on the 16th,17th and 18th of the fifth lunar month, complying with religious rituals and the State laws and embracing the spirit of solemnity, solidarity and thrift.

Seventy-two years ago, Hoa Hao Buddhism was founded by prophet Huynh Phu So, a native of Hoa Hao village, Tan Chau district, Chau Doc province (now Phu My town, Phu Tan district, An Giang province).

The religion, which advocates the practice of Buddhism at home, is thriving in 15 provinces and cities from the central coastal province of Phu Yen southwards with more than 2 million followers and 358 executive committees and places of worship.

With more than 800,000 followers, An Giang province is regarded as the Holy Land of the sect.

Best conditions have always been provided for faith practices and religious activities by Hoa Hao dignitaries and followers, who have also enthusiastically participated in social and charitable activities at their localities as guided by their seniors.