Pagodas in Yangon packed with devotees on Full Moon Day of Kason

Kason Full Moon Day is an auspicious day as it marks the Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment, and attainment of Parinibbana. It is therefore regarded as Bud­dha Day. On this day, religious sites in Yangon, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, were filled with devotees observing the sabbath and pouring water on banyan trees.


The 41st Kason Banyan Tree Water-Pouring Festival took place on the platform of the Shwedagon Pagoda at 5 am yesterday, supervised by the Yangon Region government and the Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustees. The pro­gramme included offering alms on the pagoda platform. Pagoda trustees, religious groups, and pilgrims recited Buddha Puja, offered alms, flowers, water, fruits, and light, observed Nine Precepts, paid homage the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sang­ha, shared loving-kindness, and prayed for blessings.


Pagoda trustee members also offered alms food to the venerable monks and Ovada­cariya Sayadaw. Yangon Region Chief Minister U Soe Thein and his wife, Commander of Yangon Command Maj-Gen Zaw Hein and his wife, Yangon Region ministers and their wives, pa­goda trustees, and religious devotee groups assembled and circled the pagoda platform clockwise to hold the 41st water-pouring festival at the banyan tree on Kason Full Moon Day at the Shwedagon Pagoda.


The Shwedagon Pagoda’s Ovadacariya Sayadaws con­ducted the Buddha Bisaka Mingala Anekaza for the ban­yan tree. Afterwards, pilgrims and personnel observed Nine Precepts from Ovadacariya Sayadaw of Naynattha Monas­tery Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotikadha­ja Agga Maha Gandhavasaka Pandita Bhaddanta Sucetta.


Alternate chair of the Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustees, U Hla Myint, read the Bodhi Yokkha Udaka Puja Min­gala paper. Subsequently, the Yangon Region chief minister and his wife, the commander of Yangon Command and his wife, Yangon Region Chief Justice Daw Sandar Thwe, and oth­er officials donated offerings to the Ovadacariya Sayadaws and listened to the Anumoda­na Dhamma delivered by the Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustee Ovadacariya, State Sangha Central Working Com­mittee, Pali University Nyaung­don Monastery Presiding Nay­aka Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Gandhavasaka Pandita Agga Maha Saddhamma Jo­tikadhaja, Tha.Sa.Ah Dham­macariya Vatanthaka Pali Paragu, Saytiyinganapawara Thiri Maha Dhamma Guru, Bhaddanta Narada Bhivamsa (Hla Yadana Sayadaw).


Afterwards, the devotees and pilgrims participated in the water-pouring ceremony for the banyan tree. The Yangon Region chief minister and his wife, along with other officials, also visited the Botahtaung Pa­goda, Sule Pagoda, and Thiri Mingala Kaba Aye Pagoda to partake in the water-pouring festival.


Water-pouring ceremonies were also held at the Lawka Chantha Abaya Labamuni Bud­dha Image, the ancient historic Aparajita Hair Relic Kyaikwyne Pagoda, Shwephonepwint Pa­goda, Waradana Swetaw Pa­goda (Yangon), Mahavizaya Pagoda, historic Maha Dham­maranthi Eeindawya Pagoda, Kyaikkasan Pagoda, Lamu Pa­goda, Ngahtetgyi, Chaukhtetky­ee, and Koehtetkyee pagodas in Yangon. Pilgrims and devotees enjoyed Vesak Day at Yangon’s many pagodas, stupas, and temples, including the Shwed­agon Pagoda. — MNA/TMT