SHWEDAGON Pagoda will hold its annual Tabaung full moon festival
from March 12 to 21, marking the last month of the Buddhist lunar
year, said U Win Kyaing, an official from the pagoda’s board
of the trustees.
“We will hold the Tabaung festival in the spirit of respecting
the three Gems – Buddha, Dhamma [way of truth] and Sangha
[community of monks],” he said.
The festival will open on March 12 with a nakyake shitsu ceremony
for offerings to the 28 Buddhas, from Taningara to Gautama, followed
by a 10-day, nonstop recital of the Pahtan, or Buddhist scriptures
on the 24 causes of worldly phenomena.
“The Pahtan will be recited by 54 monks and 54 nuns, along
with 54 laymen and 54 laywomen, at the same time on March 12 after
the opening ceremony until the full moon day of Tabaung on March
21,” U Win Kyaing said.
On the full moon day alms food will also be offered to Shwedagon
Pagoda, he said.
Religious teams will be in charge of selling alms food to pilgrims
for offering to the pagoda.
“The price of the food won’t be fixed. This is so
that poor pilgrims, especially those from rural areas, will be
able to perform the good deed of getting alms food to offer to
the pagoda,” U Win Kyaing said.