Co-ordination Meeting for Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony Leading Committee held at 9:30am in the assembly hall of the Ministry of Religion and Culture was attended by Vice President U Myint Swe, the patron of the leading committee.
VP U Myint Swe addressed the meeting, “As per Vinaya rules laid down by the Gotama Buddha, offering of Kathina Yellow Robe is granted during one month of 29 days (from 1st Waning of Thadingyut to the Full Moon of Tazaungmon), and the recipient of the Kathina Yellow Robe is to accept the offertory once a year only, hence the importance of the donation because of its nobility. This being the State Level Offering Ceremony, systematic arrangement for convening needs to be done. Respective committees are required to carry out their tasks without any hints of errors or difficulties, depending on their experiences received from annually-held ceremonies in consultation with committees and sub-committees. The ceremony will be held in Sasana Maha Beikmman, in the campus of Upata Santi Pagoda. Respective committees are to co-operate with each other for the hostels in which respected Sayadaws are stay to be furnished with basic necessities and to be surrounded with green environment,” followed by VP’s call for the attendants to suggest for convene pomp and circumstance.
Afterward, Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko clarified the process of the convening the ceremony. In the end, VP made a closing speech, combining suggestions submitted respectively by committees and sub-committees.—Myanmar News Agency