Authorities, public donate Waso robes to Sangha members

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Waso robes offering ceremony held in Hopang, Shan State (North). 
Photo: MNA

The Border Area and National Races Development Implementation Central Committee held its 21st Waso Robes Offering ceremony at the 31 Abodes Monastery in Hopang in Shan State (North) on Monday.
At the ceremony, officials of the committee, the Shan State government and the North East Command donated robes to 1,066 members of the Sangha and 5,003 novices in Tangyan, Panghsan, Weinkaung, Narphant, Manphant, Manmanhsai, Narwi, Matman, Mongmao, Nangtit areas in eastern region of the Thanlwin River.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Director-General U Aung Kyaw of the central committee, member of the Executive Committee of the Wa Self-Administered Division Leading Committee U Yan Kyaw, Chairman of Kokant Self-Administered Zone U Kyauk Htae Chan, Col Ye Yint Aung of Kunlong area, employees of the Ministry of Border Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and local people.
Buddhist devotees offer robes to Buddhist monks and nuns ahead of the Vassa, the three-month annual rains retreat of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The period starts on the Full Moon of Waso, which falls in July or August of rainy season in Myanmar.

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