Maha Samaya Sutta Day celebrated at Shwedagon, Kaba Aye pagodas

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Buddhist devotees celebrate Maha Samaya Sutta Day at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Zaw Min Latt

The Maha Samaya Sutta Day was celebrated at Shwedagon and Kaba Aye pagodas on the full moon day of Nayon in Yangon yesterday.
The Shwedagon Pagoda celebrated its sixth Maha Samaya Sutta Day festival at designated places since the morning.
The Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustee, religious groups and staff first offered soon (meal), flowers, water, light, fruits and scented water to the Buddha, following which a morning meal (Ar Yone Soon) was offered to Ovadacariya Sayadaws and members of Sangha at the Yaung Taw Pwint Pavilion (Tazaung).
Next, chairman of the Central Organising Committee U Tin Oo read an opening “Mingala” speech at the Ancient Buddha Images Pavilion.
The congregation then received the Nine Precepts from the Yankin Maha Dami Karyone Pariyatti Monastery Kyaikpi Presiding Sayadaw Bhaddanta Gunaysana and then presented offertories.
The congregation also listened to the sermon from the Presiding Sayadaw of Pali Tekkatho Nyaungdon Monastery Bhaddanta Pawara Bhivamsa and made libation by sharing merit.
Similarly, Kaba Aye Pagoda in Yangon also celebrated the Maha Samaya Sutta Day in the afternoon. A member of the Board of Trustee and Chairman U Win Thein delivered a “Mingala” speech about holding the Maha Samaya Sutta Day festival and the religious reciting groups recited the Maha Samaya Sutta.
The fullmoon of Nayon is known as Maha Samaya Sutta Day because Lord Buddha preached Maha Samaya Sutta to calm and make peace between the people of the two kingdoms – Kapilavatthu and Koliya of the same Sakya race — who were preparing for a war against one another over the water of River Rohani.


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