Khmer ethnic group celebrate ‘Sene Don Ta Festival’

More than 1.2 million people of the Khmer ethnic minority group in south-western Vietnam will celebrate ‘Sene Don Ta Festival 2011’ in the South-western regions of Vietnam from September 26-28.

Vu Van Ninh, Deputy Prime Minister met with nearly 1,000 officials of central agencies, various dignitaries, monks, nuns and the Khmer ethnic minority people in Can Tho City on September 20 on the occasion of the Khmer ‘Sene Don Ta Festival’, celebrated annually.

This year the Khmer ethnic minority group are particularly happy with high prices for farm produce and a greater improvement in their daily lives.

To date, province authorities in this region have handed over 103,000 houses to poor Khmer people and nearly 2,600 households have been provided with agricultural land.

Thanks to efforts made by the government, the average poverty rate has dropped by 3-4 percent per year, and 80 percent of the households have access to electricity and fresh water.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy PM Ninh said that the government will continue to support the Khmer people to overcome difficulties, promote more socio-economic development in the region, especially in areas inhabited by the Khmer people.

The Deputy PM said he believed that the officials, people, buddhist monks and nuns of the Khmer group in the south-western region will actively strive for a happier life, bring into play the traditions of unity and contribute towards national construction and defence.

The ‘Sene Don Ta Festival’ is one of the three major events of the year for the Khmer people in south Vietnam every year.

During the festival the Khmer people gather at pagodas to pray for a bumper crop and pay tributes to their ancestors. They enjoy a range of light-hearted activities such as traditional songs and dance performances at the end of a hard working year.

By B.Dai – Translated by T.Huong

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