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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pavarana Purnima (Pavarana Puja)

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Pavarana Purnima
Pavarana Purnima in Bangladesh
Wishing Everyone a Peaceful and Prosperous “Happy Pavarana Purnima and Fanush Festival 2013”

Pavarana Purnima

The Holy Pavarana is an important day of Theravada Buddhist World and Celebrated on the full moon of the Eleventh lunar month. It marks the end of the month of Vassa” or Buddhist Lent." Literally ‘pavarana’ means inviting admonition and Purnima means the 'Full Moon Day'. This day marks the end of the Rainy Season in Asian countries and abroad wherever they follow Theravada Buddhist Tradition.

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Pavarana Purnima in Bangladesh

Pavaraba Purnima in Bangladesh
Pavaraba Purnima in Bangladesh
On this auspicious day, Bangladeshi Buddhists, After commemorating this auspicious day, with Precepts and meditation and Buddhist traditional rituals and other Buddhist important functions will fly thousands of Lanterns in the evening. This is one of the most popular festival among Barua Buddhists in Bangladesh. Due to this popularity, Pavarana Purnima is also known as Fhanush Festival. 
On this day, Buddhists wake up early in the morning and after taking a goes to the temple to receive Five Precepts and Eight
Precepts from the Monks from the particular temple that they go to. Thousands of Lay Devotees will go to temple leaving their way for the day just to make this day a day of peace, a day of Spirituality.

Every Buddhist Family will fly lanterns
Every Buddhist Family will fly lanterns

There will be Multi-aged people, starting from age one week to 100 years of age and the people who can go to the temple will take the precepts from home hearing the Precepts from the loud speaker given my the Monks from the near by temple. Buddhist Monasteries in Bangladesh use loud speaker so that the people, who can't go to the temple can hear whatever is going on in the temple and therefore if the old people can't go to the temple, they can stay home and receive the precepts and dhamma talk given by the temple. Meditation is done silently, and therefore it can't be heard by anyone accept the participants. All Buddhists encouraged to go to temple, young children, medium aged people and old people, everyone loves to go to the temple and make merits on this day.

After Pavarana

After the end of Vassa, they also mark the time for Kathina, the Holy Robe offering ceremony to the monks who had spent the Rainy Season together dwelling at one certain monastery. These Kathina Ceremony will be carried on, for one month until all the temples finish their Kathina Ceremony and it is a must.

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