19 February 2019
Ovadapatimokkha Day which is also known as the full moon day of Myanmar month Tabodwe was held at Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda on Tuesday.
Tabodwe is the eleventh month of the Myanmar calendar and the full moon day of the month falls on the 19th of February this year. On the full moon day of Tabodwe, pagoda board of trustees and Buddhist devotees hold pagoda festivals, Htamane making competitions and special religious occasions like Ovadapatimokkha Day ceremonies. Annually, Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda Board of Trustees organize Ovadapatimokkha Day to keep the religious tradition as all enlightened Buddhas preached Ovadapatimokkha to all their followers who gathered together on full moon day of Tabodwe.
Member, Board of Trustees (Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda), Hla Tun said “At Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda, special religious occasions like Ovadapatimokkha day are held every month beginning from the month of Tagu. Ovadapatimokkha is preached by Thatbyinnyu Buddha on Tabodwe full moon day at Myanmar year 103. Since then, the full moon day of the month Tabodwe is defined as Ovadapatimokkha Day. We keep the tradition by celebrating the Day every year since the foundation of the pagoda.”
It is learnt that Ovadapatimokkha is a collection of the various precepts which are basically rules of discipline for the Sanghas to free from four woeful realms.
Joint Secretary, Central Wut Association (Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda), Hla Ye said “A total of 9 days of religious significance is held every year. Before, we used to offer alms food and offertories to monks on this day. This year, we only managed to hold Htamane making event on the 14th and 15th of this month. I wish Buddhists across the country to keep the religion and tradition for propagation of Buddha Sasana.”
13 Wut associations under the Central Wut Association of Thiri Mingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda attended the Ovadapatimokkha Day ceremony and recited Ovadapatimokkha text.