January 27, 2017

Breaking News

Buddhists celebrate Thadingyut at pagodas across Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda is crowded with pilgrims on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyunt. Photo. MNA
The Shwedagon Pagoda is crowded with pilgrims on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyunt. Photo. MNA

Pagodas across Myanmar were packed with devotees on the full moon of Thadingyut yesterday, as the people celebrated the end of the Buddhist Lent.
On this auspicious day, Buddhists perform meritorious deeds at the pagodas and monasteries across the country.
At the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, religious associations offered lights and recited parittas celebrating the Thadingyut Festival, which marks the end of the holy period.
More than 200,000 pilgrims usually come to the Shwedagon pagoda on this important holiday.
Meanwhile, the Buddha Pujaniya festival of the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State was also opened yesterday, commencing the pilgrimage season to the pagoda for the next seven months.
Thadingyut festival is celebrated to welcome the Buddha’s descent from Tavatimisa, a celestial abode, after preaching Abhidhamma to a deva who had been His mother in a previous existence. Thadingyut falls on the seventh month in the Myanmar calendar and the festival marks the end of the three-month long Buddhist Lent.
The festivals marking the full-moon of Thadingyut are commonly held across the nation.
During festival days, Buddhists usually go to pagodas and monasteries to pay homage to the monks and offer alms and offertories.—Kay Khaing

Buddist devotes recite religious verses at Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Thaton, Mon State. Photo: Aung Thet Oo
Buddist devotes recite religious verses at Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Thaton, Mon State. Photo: Aung Thet Oo
Buddhist devotees light candles at the Shwedagon Pagoda marking the Thadingyut Festival. Photo MNA
Buddhist devotees light candles at the Shwedagon Pagoda marking the Thadingyut Festival. Photo MNA

DSC_0049 (4) 72

Comments

Related posts

Translate »