Famous pagodas in Yangon Region were packed with devotees on New Year Day yesterday.
Religious people offered food, fruit, flowers, water and lights at pagodas on the auspicious day of New Year. The ceremonies included offering food to members of the Sangha, listening to the parittas (religious protection verses) from them, sharing the merits gained from meritorious deeds.
The devotees also conducted a communal blood donation ceremony and freed birds and fish at at Shwedagon Pagoda.
At the Maha Wizaya Pagoda at the foot of Shwedagon Pagoda, people witnessed the King of the Sun paying obeisance to the pagoda. Legend has it that the King of the Sun pays obeisance to the Maha Wizaya Pagoda twice a year at 8.35 am and 3.25pm the same day on every New Year Day.
Pious people performed meritorious deeds at famous pagodas in Yangon, including the Shwebonpwint Pagoda, the Kyaikday-ut Pagoda, the Kaba Aye Pagoda, the Tooth Relic Pagoda, the Loka Chantha Abayalabamuni Pagoda and the Kyaikwaing Pagoda.
It is customary on the New Year Day that people across the country throng famous pagodas to perform good deeds such as the recitation of parittas, the release of birds and fish and the keeping of the Sabbath.
Bus lines offered free rides to usher in the arrival of New Year yesterday.
Yi Yi Myint and Myat Sandi