Buddha statue washing in Maungtaw draws crowds

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Ethnic Rakhine women wash Buddha statues with scented water.

Pagodas and monasteries in Maungtaw Township, Rakhine State were packed with devotees yesterday morning for the Rakhine traditional Buddha statue washing event.
Yesterday morning starting at 7, Maungtaw District Deputy Commissioner U Ye Htut and staff were going around monasteries, including the Min Kan Nikaya Myoma monastery, Paho monastery, and Zawtikaryone monastery to conduct the ceremonial washing of Buddha statues.
Other government departments, social associations, philanthropic groups and local elders were similarly going around town in Buddha statue washing vehicles to assist in the traditional event.




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