Pagodas around Yangon were packed with pilgrims on the Fullmoon day of Taboung, which falls on Wednesday. Pilgrims took the five precepts, practised meditation, did meritorious deeds and offered food to the public while parks were filled with holiday makers.
The merit-sharing ceremony of the 2603rd Anniversary of Shwedagon Pagoda Buddha Pujaniya Taboung Festival was held at the Chanthagyi Prayer Hall at Yahu corner of the pagoda on Wednesday.
The congregation took the five precepts from a State Ovadacariya Sayadaw and made donation to monks before sharing merit after hearing sermon from a monk.
The pagoda festival was held from 23 February
to 4 March.
On 3 March, a rice-offering ceremony to 117 monks and 27 nuns was held at the precinct platform of the pagoda. Members of the pagoda board of trustees, religious organizations, staff, companies and pilgrims donated rice and offertories to the monks and nuns.
At 5 am on Wednesday, meal was offered to Buddha images at the pagoda.
Yi Yi Myint