Thursday, December 29, 2016

Winter Traditions and Holidays Part 26 - Uduvapa Poya festival

Uduvapa Poya festival
  • Observed in Sri Lanka on the Full Moon of December to commemorate two events
    • Theri Sangamitta’s day of arrival from India to establish the Order of Nuns
    • To mark her bringing a sapling of the sacred Bodhi-Tree.
  • This Observance is performed by Buddhists by first following the 'Five Precepts'; bathing, shaving, wearing white robes, and kneeling with clean bare feet in a shrine before a Buddha-statue and reciting prayers from sunrise until the next dawn.

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