As the full moon day of Tazaungmone (Samañaphala Day) is one of the significant days for Buddhists, people hold the Tazaungdine festival and lighting festival as part of preserving the Myanmar cultural traditions.
The pagoda board of trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda celebrated Samañaphala Day of 1385 ME at the designated places of the pagoda.
At the ceremony, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Soe Thein, relevant officials and members of religious organizations donated offerings to the Shwedagon pagoda, Kathina Golden Lotus Robe to Padamya Myat Shin and four Buddha Images of four prayer halls.
They also took nine precepts from Shwedagon pagoda Ovadacariya Sayadaw Yangon Region Sangha Nayaka Committee Chairman and donated alms food to Sayadaws.
Similarly, the 39th lotus robe offering ceremony was also organized at Botahtaung pagoda while the 23rd lotus Robe offering ceremony at Thiri Mingala Kaba Aye pagoda on the same morning.
Moreover, boards of trustees of famous pagodas in Yangon Region offered alms meals, flowers, water, candles and fruits to pagodas and held Samañaphala Day ceremonies and Paritta reciting ceremonies.
Additionally, lighting festivals were also held in wards and streets, and places were crowded with people for funfairs and Kathina festivals. The significant places were also decorated with colourful light bulbs. — Ko Ko Zaw/KTZH