Buddhists thronged to the famous pagodas across the country yesterday to observe the fullmoon day of Tazaungmone. Religious ceremonies were conducted by senior monks, with officials donating provisions and gifts to them.
At the Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw, a meeting was held to mark the 10th Tazaungdine Lotus-robe offering, the successful conclusion of the 108th non-stop recitation of Pa Htan (Patthana), and offering of gold plates at 9:45 a.m. yesterday.
Nay Pyi Taw Command Commander Maj-Gen Myint Maw and officials offered lotus robes, food, fruit, and water to images of the Buddha in the congregation hall of the pagoda.
Afterwards, Maj-Gen Myint Maw and officials took the nine precepts from the Ovadacariya Pyinmana Maha Visutarama Zaygon Monastery Presiding Sayadaw Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Bhaddantaka Vihara and listened to the parittas. They then gave donations to Sayadaws and Sanghas, and listened to sermons.
In the evening, devotees and members from other religious organizations lit 9,000 oil lamps and recited the parittas at the pagoda. Locals also visited the Nay Pyi Taw Thatta Thattaha Buddha Gaya, the Water Fountain Garden, the Nay Pyi Taw Zoological Gardens, the Safari Park, the National Races Village, and hot springs.
—MNA (Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)