THE ceremony of the water pouring on the Sacred Bodhi Tree festival was held at Shwekyetyet pagoda in Amarapura Township of Mandalay Region on a grand scale on Friday. Local people from fifteen villages of Amarapura Township came together to organise the ceremony.
The water pouring festival (Kason nyaung yei thun pwe) is held in the second month of the Myanmar calendar, Kason (May). The full moon of Kason is very significant for Buddhist people, and is known as ‘Buddha Day’, because four cardinal events happened on that day: Dipinkara Buddha foretold that the hermit Thumeda would be re-born as the Buddha, Gotama; the Buddha was born; Gotama Buddha attained Enlightenment at the foot of the Bodhi tree; and the Buddha passed into Nirvana. On the 14th waxing day of Kason, a day before the full moon, people carried water pots and visited pagodas to pour water onto the sacred Bodhi tree.
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