SAC Chairman Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, council members and wives pour water on Maha Bodhi banyan trees

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The 14th Maha Mingala ceremony of pouring water on banyan trees in the month of Kason involved in the 12 seasonal festivals of Myanmar, which falls on the full moon day of Kason, 1384 ME, also called the Buddha’s Day, took place at Maha Bodhi banyan trees in the northward in the precinct of Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday evening. Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, SAC members and wives poured water on Maha Bodhi Banyan trees.
Also present at the ceremony were Vice-Chairman of the Council Deputy Prime Minister Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, Council members and their wives, the Council secretary and wife, the Council joint secretary and wife, the Chief Justice of the Union, the Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union and wife, the Chairman of Union Election Commission, the Union ministers and their wives, the Auditor-General of the Union and wife, the Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, the Chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Chief of General Staff (Army, Navy, Air) and wife, the Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command and wife, officials and members of religious associations.
First, the Senior General, Vice-Senior General and wife, Council members and wives and the congregation took the positions to pour water at Maha Bodhi banyan trees in the precinct of the pagoda. The master of ceremonies recited Maha Bodhi Rukkhasijjana Gatha. They poured water at respective Maha Bodhi banyan trees and sprinkled scented water on these trees. Then, they went round the trees clockwise.
Moreover, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife, Chief of General Staff (Army, Navy, Air) and wife, Commander-in-Chief (Navy), Commander-in-Chief (Air) and wife, and families of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief watered Bodhi banyan trees at Lawka Chantha Sutaungpyae Athin Pagoda in Zeyathiri Township.
As all significant days when Lord Dipankara Buddha gave a word of preordainment of the event to Sumida hermit, saying that the hermit would be the Lord Buddha in Bhadda World when Buddha-to-be Prince Siddhartha was born when Prince Siddhartha attained the Enlightenment and the Lord Buddha and Buddha attained the Parinibbana fall on the full moon day of Kason.
Myanmar people recorded the day on which the Buddha-to-be was prophesied as a future Buddha, born, and attained enlightenment, the Buddha attained Parinibbana. So, Myanmar Buddhists identified the full moon day of Kason as Buddha’s Day. The significant fact of the Kason full moon day is that not only Gautama Buddha but also Subbhanyu Buddha was born, and attained the Enlightenment and Parinibbana on that day.
The Kason water-pouring festival is a peaceful religious festival featuring the cultural heritage of Myanmar.
The people sprinkle the scented water on the banyan trees and clean up the Maha Bodhi altar one day before the Kason full moon day. — MNA

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