THE Union Government held a Waso robe offering ceremony for 2018 at the Sasana Beikman, Uppatasanti Pagoda, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
President U Win Myint, First Lady Daw Cho Cho and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi donated Waso robes and offertories to the Members of the Sangha.
Before the ceremony, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi paid homage to the Buddha Image and offered food, fruits, flowers, water and candle lights.
The Waso Robe Offering Ceremony for 2018 held by the Union Government began with the President, First Lady, the State Counsellor and the congregation receiving the Five Precepts given by the Chairman Sayadaw of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Bhamo Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, after which they listened to the parittas recited by Members of the Sangha.
Afterwards, President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho offered Waso robes to Bhamo Sayadaw Dr. Kumarabhivamsa.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offered Waso robes and offertories to Secretary Sayadaw of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Sandimabhivamsa.
Next, Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay offered Waso robes and offertories to Vice Chairman Sayadaw of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Hsinphyugyun Sayadaw Bhaddanta Nanninda; Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than’s wife Nant Kyin Kyi to Vice Chairman Sayadaw of the committee Pathein Kontha Sayadaw Bhaddanta Vilasa;
Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo to Vice Chairman Sayadaw of the committee Hsinmin Sayadaw Bhaddanta Obasa Bhivamsa and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla offered the Waso robes to Vice Chairman of the committee YeU Sayadaw Bhaddanta Ottamanannabhivamsa.
Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Hla Thein and wife, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife, Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Tha Aung, Union Ministers, Union Attorney-General, Union Auditor-General, Chairman of the Union Civil Service Board, Chairman of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, and Deputy Ministers offered Waso robes to the Members of the Sangha.
Afterwards, the congregation listened to the sermon delivered by Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Sandimabhivamsa.
The ceremony came to an end with donation of ‘soon’ (day meal) to the Members of the Sangha.—Myanmar News Agency