Khmer ethnic people celebrate New Year festival

06/04/2016
                      President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan
Vietnam is a multi-nationality country with 54 ethnic groups. The Viet (Kinh) people account for 87% of the country’s population and mainly inhabit the Red River delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totaling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds of the country’s territory) spreading from the North to the South.

Among ethnic minorities, the most populated are Tay, Thai, Muong, Hoa, Khmer, Nung... with a population of around 1 million each, while the least populated are Brau, Roman, Odu with several hundred people each. A number of ethnic minorities had mastered some farming techniques. Beliefs and religions of the Vietnamese ethnic minority groups were also disparate from each other.

However, a fundamental solidarity among ethnic groups has been established on top of this difference as a result of a centuries long cooperation on the soil of Vietnam. Right in the first century of the history, a mutual supplement in economic relationship between lowland people and mountainous people was formed. This solidarity had been unceasingly strengthened during wars of resistance for defending the country. Through the shared struggle for defending and building of the country and the mutual assistance for co-existence and development, a common community between the Viet people and other ethnic minority peoples had been established and continuously consolidated and developed.
Nowadays, our Government has implemented a lot of policies to maintain and develop the solidarity and unity between groups in Vietnam.
At this time, Khmer ethnic people in the southern region gathered in Can Tho city on April 5 to celebrate the traditional Chol Chnam Thmay New Year festival.
The event drew numerous Buddhism dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers from 17 cities and provinces in the region.
President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan said the socio-economic development in the region faced a number of difficulties in 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 due to severe drought and saltwater intrusion.
However, local authorities have implemented effectively the Party and State’s policies on ethnic and religious affairs to reduce poverty, ensure social welfares and develop culture, education-training and health care for Khmer people, he said.
He called upon Khmer ethnic compatriots to promote solidarity and coordinate with authorities to overcome setbacks, stabilize their lives, and actively join campaigns in agriculture, manufacturing and rural development.
At the same time, it is necessary to preserve and uphold cultural identities and increase awareness of preventing the “peaceful evolution” plot of hostile forces to ensure political stability, social order and safety, he said.
The VFF leader asked the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region to implement more effectively the Party and State’s policies and guidelines on ethnic and religious affairs, while taking better care of locals’ lives, especially poor households.
Permanent deputy head of the committee Nguyen Phong Quang said the committee has coordinated with relevant ministries, sectors and localities in drawing ethnic and religious policies for the 2016-2020 period.
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./.
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John Smith 6/4/16 21:59

It's wonderful festival that I have ever joined!

Gentle Moon 6/4/16 22:00

This is very important festival to Khmer ethnic people

Deck Hero14 6/4/16 22:03

At the traditional Chol Chnam Thmay New Year festival, a lot of activities are organized to serve everyone

Love Peace 6/4/16 22:05

Chol Chnam Thmay usually lasts three days and is celebrated mostly in pagodas.

LawrenceSamuels 6/4/16 22:09

Khmer ethnic people has a various religious life and the Goverment has created all favourable conditions for them to live their religious life.

Jane smartnic 6/4/16 22:13

We're family and the festival of Khmer ethnic people is also the festival of all Vietnamese people.

Pack Cassiopian 6/4/16 22:15

A wide range of activities such as folk games, art performances, a food fair, and a workshop on tourism potential will be held during the festival

MaskOf Zero 6/4/16 22:16

I have a lot of Khmer friends, they're very friendly and kind!

yobro yobro 6/4/16 22:17

Vietnam’s Khmer people mainly live in the southwestern region and worship at more than 453 Khmer pagodas.

Only Solidar 6/4/16 22:20

Vietnamese people are free to follow the religion that they want to follow without any restriction.

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