DATE & DURATION

Celebrated for 15 days from the 8th Waxing of Nayon.

LOCATION

Pakokku, Central Myanmar

HIGHLIGHTS

A carnival-like fair and prayer rituals can be seen during this festival. Locals and tourists can contribute donations to the monks and the temple.

During the summer month of May, pilgrims gather at pagodas and temples throughout the country to water the sacred Bodhi Trees. It is said that Lord Buddha gained enlightenment when he was resting under a Bodhi tree. When the religion spread across the world, Bodhi trees were planted in monasteries all over the worlld by obtaining saplings from the original Bodhi tree. Each tree is considered highly sacred and precious. During the festival, monks and devotees water the roots of these living holy relics as part of a merit-making ritual. They make rounds around religious sites to water the trees as a part of the ancient ritual that has been practised since Gautama Buddha’s time.

Other Festivals in May

Bodhi Tree Watering Festival

Date: May (Full Moon Day of Kason)
Location: Pagodas throughout the country

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