Buddhist lent is one of the most important practices during the lunar year in Laos and Myanmar. Buddhist don't have a lent, as Christianity sees it, but they practice vassa, that is a three-month annual spiritual retreat, during which the Buddhist meditate and pray.
The vassa tradition was created by Buddha to commemorate the death of his mother. His mother died seven days after Buddha's birth and she was reborn in the Trayastrimsa Heaven. In order to pay gratitude to his mother, Buddha preached for three months, that now are known as lent months in Myanmar and Laos. The last day of lent is known as Festival of Lights, that is the second important tradition in these countries.
During the festival people enjoy free movie and stage shows. Many food-stalls sell traditional food and useful goods. Buddhist go to pagodas and monasteries and young people pay respect to their parents, elderly relatives and teachers.Remind me with Google Calendar
- Public Holidays, Religious Holidays
- Myanmar, Laos
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