Buddha Day Celebrated — Bo Trees at pagodas across Myanmar watered on the Full Moon of Kason

Buddhist devotees pour water onto the Bo Tree in Yangon.
Buddhist devotees pour water onto the Bo Tree in Yangon.

FAMOUS pagodas in Yangon were thronged with Buddhist devotees yesterday, the Full Moon of Kason.
Devout Buddhists observed the Eight Precepts, meditated and performed meritorious deeds on the day of great religious significance. The Full Moon of Kason is significant because it was on this day when Gotama Buddha received His prophecy from Lord Buddha Dipankara, when Gotama Buddha was born, when He attained Enlightenment and when he entered nirvana, so says Buddhist belief.
On this auspicious day, people pour water on the Bodhi tree, which is regarded as the pariboga ceti, Bodhi or Bo Tree. It is a noble tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. The Kason water throwing is a festival among the 12 festivals held in their respective months.
For this function, the 33rd anniversary Kason Water Throwing Festival was held at 5am yesterday with Shwedagon Pagoda Ovadacariya Sayadawgyis and invited members of Sangha being offered meals, members of the pagoda board of trustees holding water pots accompanied with religious associations, circumambulating the pagoda clockwise and the Boddhi Tree being doused in water.
Similarly, the 30th anniversary Kason Water Throwing festival was held with the members of pagoda board of trustees pouring water onto the Maha Bodhi tree, reciting the religious verses starting with Uddi siya jinam Buddhain, jayohi Buddhassa gatha and the gatha commencing with the Jayato Bodhiya mule.
Similar water throwing ceremonies were held at Kyaikkasan pagoda, Kaba Aye Pagoda, Botahtaung Kyaik de-ut pagoda, Swedaw pagoda, Sule pagoda, Shwephonepwint pagoda, Moegaung pagoda, Ngahtatgyi, Chaukhtatgyi and Kohtatgyi pagodas, Melamu pagoda, Okkalapa pagoda, Kyakkalo and Kyaikalei pagodas, Thanhlyin Kyaikkhauk pagoda and Kyauktan Kyaikhmawwun Yailai pagoda.
In Nay Pyi Daw the Kason Water Throwing Ceremony was held with Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko and wife, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman U Myo Aung and wife in attendance.
Similarly, Kason Water Throwing ceremonies were held in Pagodas in Nay Pyi Taw Council areas with Buddhist devotees performing meritorious deeds.

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