The Kason Festival

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Being hold in May of the English calendar, the Kason festival is one of the most important festivals in religious life of Myanmar people. In this season, water in all ponds, lakes and creeks reduces to lowest level, and the length of a day is longer than a night. When the Kason season is coming, all Sagar flowers bloom.

Many people come here to take part in the water pouring ceremony at the Maha-Bodhi tree, the holy Banyan tree where the Buddha reached enlightenment. Because the month of Kason is at the middle of the hottest season, Myanmar people pour water at the Maha-Bodhi tree to make sure it does not die of drought. This custom becomes an indispensable part in religious life of Myanmar people. On every full-moon day of Kason, thousands of Buddhist people will walk around the Bodhi tree and pagodas to pour scented water.

For other seasons in a year, the full-moon day of Kason is very important. It marked the time when Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and pass away. Besides, it is also the rising day of Buddha tree from the earth as an assurance of the coming of the Gotoma Buddha.

Until now, there are so many banyan trees in various regions of Myanmar. The majestic trees give cool shade and grandeur as well as dignity, grace and charm. Tourists coming to the Kason festival will have chance not only to discover a part of religious life in Myanmar but also visit buildings and sights reflecting their belief to Buddha.

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