ACN Staff Reporter
DIYUN, OCT 12: The essence of devotion (Shraddha) and donation (Dana) wafted in the air as the Theravada Chakma Buddhist community of Arunachal celebrated their traditional Kathina Civor Dana (Robe-Offering Ceremony) with pomp and gaiety at the at Bana Vihar, Jyotsnapur.
Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat for Theravada Buddhists. The season during which a monastery may hold a Kathina festival is one month long, beginning after the full moon of the eleventh month in the Lunar calendar (usually October). It is a time of giving, for the laity to express gratitude to monks. Lay Buddhists bring donations to temples, especially new robes for the monks.
Yesterday, delivering his discourse on the occasion to the more than 6000 devotees, head monk of Diyun Bana Vihar, Ven. Priyo Nanda highlighted the importance and significance of Kathina celebration and essence of observing the three months rainy retreat. He also prayed for peace, prosperity and wellbeing of everyone.
A mass robe weaving ceremony on Friday night that saw more than 170 spectacular teams participating from different villages weaving robe for the Bhikkhus (Monks)
Kathina is scheduled to be celebrated at Bijoypur-I, Bijoypur Bana Vihar, Dharmapur, Ratnapur, Mudoidweep and Mahabodhi starting today