DISCOVER KATHINA DAY

Origins

The Kathina festival originates 2500 years ago, celebrating the biggest alms-giving ceremony of the Buddhist Year. The Significance of Kathina robe offering ceremony is based on the fulfillment of three months Rains Retreat observed by monks. This is the ceremony purely connected with monastic conduct by monks supported devotees. The Kathina Ceremony is one of the most significant Buddhist festivals which falls once in the year between October and November.

In three months of " Vassa" annual rainy Retreat monks only who have completed properly their rainy precept would be deserved to receive the Kathina robe. After the Vassana period, a day is selected within a month to celebrate Kathina, a ceremony whereby members and devotees offer the Kathina Robe and other gifts to the Maha Sangha. Buddhist attach great significance to this celebration. ‘To care for the needs of the Bhikkhus’ is a meritorious deed.

Benefits of Offerings During the Vassana Period and Kathina Day
  1. The offering of the Kathina robe is considered of the greatest meritorious activities by the Buddha;

  2. Whatever else offered on Kathina day, the same merit could be accured to the donors

  3. One of the stanzas chanted during Kathina glorifies the greatness of merit from performing Kathina, “Even this solid earth, or a solid rock or a piece of diamond could tremble, shake or break at times but the merit obtained by offering Kathina robe could not be nullified by anything until one achieves the ultimate goal of Nibbana”.  That is why it is called Kathina (unshakable)

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