The full moon day of Thadingyut marks the end of Buddhist rains retreat and Buddha recited Abidhamma during the three-month Vasa period, and the Buddha descended back to the human realm from Tavatimsa (the world of deities).
On that day, the Buddhists keep Sabbath, recite Paritta and pay homage to the elderly and parents, teachers and do good deeds.
The people are crowded at Uppatasanti Pagoda, Buddha Gaya (Nay Pyi Taw), Maha Thetkyayanthi Yat Taw Mu Buddha Image, Yan Aung Myin Shwe Lat Hla Pagoda, Dartucaya Datpaungsu Pagoda, Eternal Peace Pagoda, Hlay Khwin Taung Pagoda, Koe Na Win Pagoda, Sutaungpyae Lawkamarazein Pagoda, Than Tha Yar Nyein pagoda, Phaya Koe Su, Koe Khan Gyi Pagoda, Law Ka Yan Hnein Pagoda, Phaung Taw Chat Ma Zedi, Lat Lote Taung Zedi in Nay Pyi Taw starting yesterday morning.
Mg Pyae Phyo Aung who visited to Uppatasanti Pagoda said, “Today is public holiday. Therefore, I came here with my friends. We cleaned the pagoda platform. Then, we went to Yanaung Chanthagyi pagoda yesterday morning and we participated in the 1,000 oil lamps festival in our ward. We donate the juices and pay homage to the elderly people and teachers at night. May all our Myanmar people overcome the pandemic.”
Moreover, many people feed the white elephants in the Uppatasanti Pagoda compound and the shops are also crowded with buyers.
“Fullmoon day of Thadingyut is a special day for all Buddhists. We have a strange feeling for coming to the pagoda and paying homage to the Buddha image. I think all the people might have such feelings. May all the people living in Myanmar overcome the pandemic and peaceful in health, social and economic sectors,” said U Aung Toe Win, from Yay Oh Sin Village of Lewe Township who visited Yanaung Chanthagyi Pagoda.
Similarly, the Nay Pyi Taw Ocean Super Centre, Junction Centre, Nay Pyi Taw Wholesale Centre are also thronged with people as well as at Mingala Kantaw.
In the evening, the oil lamp offering ceremonies are held at every pagoda and house of townships and villages. Moreover, the people pay homage to the elderly people and teachers.
The health workers and members of the Red Cross Society distributed masks and checked the body temperature of pilgrims and the security members conducted patrol to ensure the safety of the people. — Hein Aung/GNLM