Golden lotus robes to be donated to five Buddha images at Shwedagon Pagoda on full moon day of Tazaungmone

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The Matho Thingan (non-perishable robe) offering ceremony was held at Shwedagon Pagoda on the full moon day of Tazaungmone in 2018.

The golden lotus robes will be offered to five Buddha images located at the pavilions of the Shwedagon Pagoda on the full moon day of Tazaungmone, said the pagoda board of trustees.
The robes will be offered to Padamyar Myetshin Buddha image located on the upper premise and the other four images located at the four pavilions of the Shwedagon and the fruits will be donated to the pagoda at 6 am.
The lotus robe donated to the Buddha is the robe, which is one of the eight essential elements of Buddha and monks, received from a large lotus, the sign of the world’s early signature. The robe was kept by Brahma and Ghanikara Brahma donated the robe from that lotus to the Buddha-to-be who went out into the forest and so it was called the lotus robe, according to Rector Sayadaw Bhaddanta Nandamala Bhivamsa. Nowadays, it is also called a lotus robe for weaving with lotus fibres.
This year, the annual weaving of Matho Thingan (non-perishable robe) and Matho Thingan offering festival will not be held at the Shwedagon Pagoda on the full moon day of Tazaungmone. In Tazaungmone, the people celebrate the Matho Thingan donation ceremonies. They are called non-perishable robes because they are not allowed to go stale, they are woven within the space of the night. It seems to imitate the Kathina robe. According to the sermons of Buddha regarding the features of the Kathina offering, the Matho Thingan is also donated as soon as they are finished at dawn.
Similarly, the Kathina festival will be held on 4 November and the offering of oil lamps will be also celebrated one day ahead and on the full moon day.
The registered donors can offer oil lamps on their plans. — TWA/GNLM

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