- Title: MYANMAR: Buddhists flock to temples on Full Moon Day
- Date: 2nd August 2012
- Summary: YANGON, MYANMAR (AUGUST 2, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF SHWEDAGON PAGODA VARIOUS PEOPLE WALKING INSIDE SHWEDAGON VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LIGHTING INCENSE WOMAN LIGHTING INCENSE ANOTHER WOMAN LIGHTING INCENSE (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 18-YEAR-OLD YANGON RESIDENT KHIN MOH MOH TUN SAYING: "Not only Myanmar nationals, but also Buddhists. I will get many good things by coming here to pray on this sacred Buddhist day. That's why I come here to pray at the pagoda." PEOPLE POURING WATER ON STATUE CUPS OF WATER WATER BEING POURED ON BUDDHA STATUE PEOPLE POURING WATER ON BUDDHA STATUE (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 25-YEAR OLD MAY WAH SWE SAYING: "Today is Buddhism Day so I think I will get many good things by coming here today. I'm satisfied." INCENSE BURNING MAN PRAYING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PRAYING VARIOUS PEOPLE WALKING INTO AND OUT OF SHWEDAGON
- Embargoed: 17th August 2012 13:00
- Location: Myanmar
- Country: Myanmar
- Topics: Religion,Religion
- Reuters ID: LVACJTQGCNEQG0OYV5FOXTJFA71S
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- Story Text: More than 10,000 people gathered at the Shwedagon Pagoda on Thursday (August 2) in Yangon to observe Full Moon Day.
It commemorates the day on which the Lord Buddha preached his first sermon to his monks more than 2,500 years ago.
The Shwedagon is considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar.
"Not only Myanmar nationals, but also Buddhists. I will get many good things by coming here to pray on this sacred Buddhist day. That's why I come here to pray at the pagoda," said 18-year old Khin Moh Moh Tun.
"Today is Buddhism Day so I think I will get many good things by coming here today. I'm satisfied," added 25-year old May Wah Swe.
Full Moon Day is also known as Asarnha Bucha Day in Thailand, it's predominantly-Buddhist neighbour.
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