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Full Moon Day of Waso 2019

National and public holidays in Myanmar Public Holiday in Myanmar

Waso Full Moon Day marks the start of Buddhist Lent in Myanmar
Giant sleeping Buddha, Bago, Myanmar. Image: Pixabay

When is Full Moon Day of Waso?

How long until Full Moon Day of Waso?
This holiday next takes place in 119 Days.
Dates of Full Moon Day of Waso
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday July 5th
2019 Tuesday July 16th
2018 Friday July 27th
2017 Saturday July 8th
2016 Tuesday July 19th
Duration
1 day
Summary
Marks the start of Buddhist lent and the anniversary of Buddha's first sermon on the Four Noble Truths
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Also known as Dhammasetkya Day, this public holiday in Myanmar takes place on the full moon day of Waso, the fourth month in the Burmese calendar. It usually falls in July in the Western calendar.

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.

History of Full Moon Day of Waso

This day, the first full moon of the fourth month in the Burmese calendar, commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon to five monks in the Deer Park in Benares, India and the founding of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood) about 2,500 years ago.

In the sermon, which is known as 'Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion', the Buddha first spelled out the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Waso Full Moon Day marks the beginning of Buddhist lent (Wasso), which generally coincides with the height of Myanmar’s rainy season. Buddhist Lent last for three months from the full moon of Waso until the full moon of Thadingyut. It is normally a time of heightened religious activity around the country. Pilgrims throughout the country gather wild flowers to offer at pagodas, and offer new robes to monks. Almost all monks will not leave the grounds of their monastery during this time.

During the period of Buddhist Lent, many Buddhists will abstain from eating meat, drinking alcohol or smoking. It is also traditionally a time when Myanmar people are not allowed to move house.


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