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November 13, 2019

People celebrate Thadingyut Full Moon Day at pagodas across Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda is crowded with pilgrims on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Shwedagon Pagoda is crowded with pilgrims on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Phoe Khwar

On the full moon of Thadingyut yesterday, the Shwedagon Pagoda and other pagodas across Myanmar were packed with Buddhist devotees.
With several activities organized since early morning, devotees celebrated the Abhidhamma day at the Shwedagon Pagoda. At night, visitors and religious groups lit oil lamps on the platform of the pagoda.
Religious ceremonies were held under the guidance of senior monks, with the Union ministers and departmental officials donating provisions and gifts to monks.
The full moon day of Thadingyut is the Significant and Noble Day of Abhidhamma Day, marking the day when the Buddha descended from a celestial abode after preaching Abhidhamma (Profound Dhamma) for three months to His deceased mother, who was reborn in the celestial abode.

Well-wishers donate meals to the people at religious buildings in the townships of Yangon.
Similar activities were held at other pagodas in Yangon to mark the holy day.
Religious associations and people offered lights, food, and flowers and recited religious verses celebrating the Abhidhamma Day since early yesterday morning at the Maha Wizaya Pagoda, Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda, Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda, and Botahtaung Pagoda in Yangon.
On this auspicious day, Buddhists perform meritorious deeds at the pagodas and monasteries across the country.
People enjoy the three-day holiday, visiting pagodas, donating alms to the Members of the Sangha, offering candle lights, and paying respects to elders.
The buildings are illuminated at night. —Yi Yi Myint, Ohnmar Thant (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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