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Theravada Buddhists’ robe-offering festival to be celebrated in Hanoi

October 20, 2014          860 views

(Cinet)- Khmer pagoda in the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism organized the Kathina (robe offering) ceremony in Son Tay district, 40km west of Hanoi’s centre.


The ceremony is one of the official tradition rituals of Theravada Buddhism, during which Buddhist followers donate new robes to the monks with a hope that both devotees and recipients will gain merits on October 18-19.

The ceremony is one of the official tradition rituals of Theravada Buddhism, during which Buddhist followers donate new robes to the monks with a hope that both devotees and recipients will gain merits on October 18-19.

The event is expected to draw thousands participants, including Buddhists monks, nuns and followers across the nation, ambassadors of ASEAN countries, and Lao and Cambodian students in Hanoi.

The festival also offers a prime opportunity to introduce the Buddhist culture and the religious life in Vietnam to international friends. It aims to improve the cultural and spiritual life of Buddhist followers and strengthen their solidarity.

The Kathina festival is a major observance of Theravada Buddhism. It is a time for laypeople to offer cloth for robes and other necessities to the monastic sangha. Kathina takes place every year in the four weeks following the end of Vassa, the rains retreat.

 

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