People celebrated the end of the Buddhist Rain Retreat, a holy period for Buddhists, on the full moon of Thadingyut yesterday, and pagodas across Myanmar were packed with devotees.
The full moon day of Thadingyut is also the Significant and Noble Day of Abhidhamma Day, marking the day when the Buddha descended from a celestial abode after preaching Abhidhamma (Ultimate Truth) for three months to His deceased mother who was reborn in the celestial abode.
A ceremony to mark the Abhidhamma Day was held at the Shwedagon Pagoda yesterday with several activities since early morning.
At night, 50,000 oil lamps were lighted up by religious associations and devotees at the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Similarly, people celebrated the Abhidhamma Day and the Thadingyut festival at the Sule Pagoda and religious associations will offer 50,000 oil lamps for three days.
Religious associations and people offered lights, food and flowers and recited religious verses celebrating the Abhidhamma Day since early morning yesterday at 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 are enjoying the three-day holiday, visiting pagodas, donating alms to the Members of the Sangha, offering candle lights and paying respects to elders.
Buildings are illuminated at night.
Yi Yi Myint