President and First Lady share merit for martyred leaders on 71st Martyrs’ Day

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President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho pay homage to the Buddha before donating ‘soon’ (day meal) to the Members of the Sangha. Photo: MNA

On the 71st Martyrs’ Day, a donation ceremony was held at the Nay Pyi Taw Council Office Zabuthiri Hall yesterday morning, and merit was shared for the leaders who sacrificed their lives for the country. The ceremony was attended by President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho.
The ceremony was graced by Reverend Sayadaws and Sanghas, led by State Ovadacariya Abhidhaja Maharahtaguru Maha Visutarama Zaygone Monastery Sayadaw Bhaddantaka Vithara. Also present at the ceremony were Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein and wife Daw Aye Thida, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Union Ministers, Union Attorney-General, Union Auditor General, Chairman of Union Civil Service Board, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, Central Bank of Myanmar Governor, Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman, Nay Pyi Taw Command Commander, Deputy Ministers, Deputy Attorney General, Nay Pyi Taw Council members, Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee members and their spouses, Permanent Secretaries, Directors General, invited guests and officials.

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President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho offer ’soon‘ (day meal) to Members of the Sangha yesterday at a Martyrs’ Day ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Myanmar News Agency

First, President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho paid homage to the Buddha image in the hall and offered fruits, flowers, water and oil lamps.
Next, the President, First Lady and guests received the Five Precepts from State Ovadacariya Abhidhaja Maharahtaguru Maha Visutarama Zaygone Monastery Sayadaw Bhaddantaka Vithara and listened to the Metta Sutta recited by the Sayadaws.
Later, President U Win Myint and wife Daw Cho Cho provided offertories to the Zaygone Monastery Sayadaw Bhaddantaka Vithara. This was followed by the offering of donations to the Sanghas by Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein and wife Daw Aye Thida, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Sein Win, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, U Kyaw Tint Swe and Dr. Aung Thu, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr. Myo Aung and their wives.
After listening to the sermon delivered by the presiding Sayadaw, the President, First Lady and guests shared merits gained with the fallen martyrs.
At 10.37 am, the President, First Lady and guests observed two minutes of silence honouring the martyred leaders.
At the end of the ceremony, the President, First Lady and guests offered ‘soon’ to the Sayadaws.

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