President, First Lady and State Counsellor attend Kathina ceremony

President U Htin Kyaw and wife Daw Su Su Lwin offer Kathina robes to a senior monk at Sasana Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 October 2017.  Photo: MNA
President U Htin Kyaw and wife Daw Su Su Lwin offer Kathina robes to a senior monk at Sasana Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 October 2017.  Photo: MNA

The Myanmar Kahtein Thingan (robe) offering ceremony, or Kathina ceremony, was held yesterday morning at Sasana Beikman, Uppatasanti Pagoda, in Nay Pyi Taw and was attended by President U Htin Kyaw, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
The event was graced by Members of the Sangha including State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Chairman Mandalay Bhamo Monastery Padana Nayaka Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Bhamo Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa and also attended by Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Constitutional Tribunal Chairperson U Myo Nyunt and wife, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein and wife, Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Commander-in-Chief (Army) of the Defence Services Vice Senior General Soe Win, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung and wife, Pyidaungsu Htuttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Chairman Thura U Shwe Mann and wife, Union Ministers, Union Attorney-General, Union Auditor-General, Union Civil Service Board Chairman and their wives, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman, Joint-Chief of Staff (Army/Navy and Air), Nay Pyi Taw Command commander, Deputy Ministers, Nay Pyi Taw Council members, departmental heads and officials.
Before the start of the event, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offered soon ( a day meal) in an emerald bowl, flowers and water to Buddha images in the Sasana Beikman.
Next, President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and guests took the Five Precepts from State Sangha Maha Nayaka Chairman Bhamo Sayadaw and listened to the chanting of parittas by the Sayadaw and sanghas.
Afterwards President U Htin Kyaw offered the Kathina robe and offertories to Nay Pyi Taw Pyinmana Town Maha Leti Monastery Sayadaw Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotikadaza Gandawasaka Pandita Bhaddanta Eindawuda.
The State Counsellor then offered offertories to State Sangha Maha Nayaka Chairman Mandalay Bhamo Monastery Padana Nayaka Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Bhamo Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa followed by Vice President U Myint Swe and wife, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing offered offertories to Sayadaw and sanghas.
Later, Constitutional Tribunal Chairperson U Myo Nyunt and wife, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein and wife, Vice Senior General Soe Win, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung and wife, Pyidaungsu Htuttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Chairman Thura U Shwe Mann and wife, Union Ministers, Union Attorney General, Union Auditor General, Union Civil Service Board Chairman Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman, Joint-Chief of Staffs (Army/Navy and Air), Nay Pyi Taw Command’s commander offered offertories to Sayadaw and sanghas.
Finally, President and First Lady, State Counsellor and guests listened to the sermon of State Sangha Mahanayaka Akyodawsaung, Yangon Region Thanlyin Minkyaung Pahtamapyan Parayita Monastery chairman Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Sandima Bivamsa and shared merit for the donation.
After the event, President U Htin Kyaw, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin and guests offered soon to the Members of the Sangha led by State Sangha Mahanayaka Chairman Bhamo Sayadaw. In the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Kathina ceremony Ks 3.354 million worth of offertories and cash donation of Ks 36.5199 million were donated. — Myanmar News Agency

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offers Kathina robes to a senior monk at Sasana Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 October 2017.  Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offers Kathina robes to a senior monk at Sasana Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 October 2017.  Photo: MNA
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