Full Moon Day of Thadingyut in Myanmar in 2019

Full Moon Day of Thadingyut in Myanmar in 2019
  How long until Full Moon Day of Thadingyut?
This holiday next takes place in 55 days.
  Dates of Full Moon Day of Thadingyut in Myanmar
2021 Oct 20, Oct 21
MyanmarThu, Oct 21National Holiday (additional day)
MyanmarWed, Oct 20National Holiday
2020 Oct 30, Oct 31, Nov 1
MyanmarSun, Nov 1National Holiday
MyanmarSat, Oct 31National Holiday
MyanmarFri, Oct 30National Holiday
2019 Oct 12, Oct 13, Oct 14
MyanmarMon, Oct 14National Holiday
MyanmarSun, Oct 13National Holiday
MyanmarSat, Oct 12National Holiday
2018 Myanmar Wed, Oct 24National Holiday
2017 Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6
MyanmarFri, Oct 6National Holiday
MyanmarThu, Oct 5National Holiday
MyanmarWed, Oct 4National Holiday
  Summary
The Festival of Lights marks the end of the perod of Buddhist lent

When is Full Moon Day of Thadingyut?

This public holiday in Myanmar takes place on the full moon day of Thadingyut, the seventh month in the Burmese calendar.

The Thadingyut Festival lasts for three day from the day before the full moon through to the day after the full moon.

Depending on the day of the week that the full moon falls on, extra public holidays may be declared on the other days of the festival.

The festival marks Buddha's preaching of Abhidhamma to the gods in Trayastrimsa and the end of the Buddhist period of fasting

History of Full Moon Day of Thadingyut

Known as the Festival of Lights, Thadingyut is the second most popular festival in Myanmar after Thingyan Festival.

Maya, the mother of Buddha died a week after Buddha was born. She was reborn in the Trayastrimsa Heaven as a god named Santusita. To honour his mother, Buddha ascended to the Trayastrimsa Heaven and preached from the Abhidhamma texts to Santusita for three months.

The full moon of the month Waso (Dhammasetkya Day) marks the ascent by Buddha and the start of the three month period of Buddhist Lent, when the monks retreat to their monasteries. During this time, monks dedicate themselves to meditation and study. During Buddhist Lent, marriages are forbidden and many people give up meat and alcohol. Buddhist lent often coincides with the rainy season in Myanmar.

The full moon in Thadingyut marks Buddha's return to earth and signifies the end of Buddhist Lent.

Thadingyut is called the festival of lights as the followers of Buddha lit up their houses and temples to mark the return of Buddha. Towns and villages across Myanmar will be illuminated in honour of this auspicious event.

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