September 23, 2017

Yangon pagodas crowded with devotees on Full Moon Day of Waso

Shwedagon Pagoda is crowded with devotees on Full Moon of Waso, or Dhammacakka Day, yesterday in Yangon. 
Photo: GNLM/ Phoe khwar

Buddhist devotees observed the Full Moon Day of Waso, or Dhammacakka Day, at pagodas across the country yesterday.
On this auspicious day for Buddhists, the pagodas in Yangon and across the country were teeming with worshippers. The Full moon Day of Waso is very significant for Buddhists because this is the day Buddha was conceived. Later in his life on this day, Buddha renounced worldly pleasures. It was also on this day that he preached his first sermon of Dhammacakka and performed the miracles of supernatural powers. Starting from the early morning, a ceremony to donate Waso robes was held at designated places on the terrace of the Shwedagon Pagoda.
First the pagoda trustee led the offering of soon (food), water, fruits, oil lamps and scented water for Buddha at Ancient Buddha Images Hall near the southern stairway to start the Dhammacakka Day event. Afterward, homage was paid by going around the pagoda and offering Waso robes to Buddha images in the shrines on the terrace of the pagoda. A Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta reciting contest was also held at the Ancient Buddha Images Hall of the Shwedagon Pagoda. At the Yaungtawpwint Hall, the devotees took precepts and offered soon, or food, to sayadaws.
During the three-month period of the Rain Retreat for Buddhist monks, pagoda ovadacariya (patron) sayadaws will administer sermons to devotees in Ancient Buddha Images Hall.
Trustee of Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda led the Myanmar Era 1379 Full Moon Day of Waso and Dhammacakka Day event yesterday afternoon at the upper floor of the worshiping hall in the pagoda, where members of 21 devotee teams recited the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.
Afterwards, the pagoda trustees, devotee teams and people paying homage to the pagoda circled the pagoda in a clockwise manner and offered Waso Robes to seven Buddha images.
Similarly, trustees of Botahtaung Pagoda conducted the Full Moon Day of Waso and Dhammacakka Day event at the pagoda starting in the morning as devotees filled the pagoda.
The same religious ceremony was also held yesterday at pagodas in Yangon including Shwe Bon Pwint Pagoda and Sule Pagoda.


Yi Yi Myint


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