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September 24, 2018

President U Thein Sein graces impressive ceremony of novitiate in Sagaing Region

President U Thein Sein offers eight prerequisites to novices in Bukaing Village,  Myaung township.—IPRD
President U Thein Sein offers eight prerequisites to novices in Bukaing Village, Myaung township.—IPRD

Nay Pyi Taw, 24 May — The government of Sagaing Region on Sunday organized an impressive ceremony of novitiate for children who have never attained novicehood in the village of Bukaing in Myaung township, Sagaing Region, with President U Thein Sein attending the ceremony and donating money for novices.
Bhamo Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, ordained over 7,000 children as novices.
The Bhamo Sayadaw gave Ninefold Precept to the congregation, followed by recitation of parittas by members of the Sangha.
President U Thein Sein donated K10.8 million for 108 novices and K9m for lunch for monks and novices.
The president also presented offertories to the Bhamo Sayadaw, who in return presented a certificate of honour to the president.
Union ministers, chief ministers of regions and deputy ministers presented offertories to monks.
Union Minister for Religious Affairs U Soe Win briefed monks on religious affairs.
A sermon delivered by the Bhamo Sayadaw was followed by the sharing of merits gained from praiseworthy deeds.
The president offered a set of monastic items each to the novices and lunch to members of the Sangha. He also had a group photo taken together with the novices.
The president and his entourage visited a model village called Parimma in Myaung, a historical hometown of King Kyansit, where they paid homage to Labamuni Buddha Image at Hti Hlaing Shin Pagoda.
The president offered gold foils, lights, flowers and water before signing in the visitors’ book. He also donated money for the pagoda through the board of trustees, which in return presented a picture of Buddha Image to the president.
The president also inspected the condition of Chindwin River and its environs.—MNA

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