New Year Dhamma ceremony ends with sermon by Sitagu Sayadaw

The State flag is raised to celebrate at the ceremony to mark the 71st  Independence Day in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar
The State flag is raised to celebrate at the ceremony to mark the 71st Independence Day in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

The final day of the 2020 New Year Dhamma ceremony took place yesterday evening at the People’s Park, near the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, with Sitagu Sayadaw Dr. Ashin Nyanissara delivering a sermon.
Among the congregation were Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and his wife, Speaker of Yangon Region Hluttaw U Tin Maung Tun, and Deputy Speaker U Lin Naing Myint, members of the Yangon Region cabinet, and departmental officials.
The last event of the three-day Dhamma ceremony attracted over 100,000 people.
The Yangon Region Government has held the Dhamma ceremony for four consecutive years.
“We have arranged ferry services for the people. This Dhamma ceremony is also being broadcast live for the entire country,” said U Shein Win, chairman of the committee for holding the ceremony.
Meanwhile, well-wishers donated food and private hospitals and clinics medical supplies for the congregation during the event. Yangon Region Government arranged public transportation for the event, and private taxi owners offered their free services.
“This is the first time for me to come to this Dhamma event. I am also delighted to listen to teachings of the Sayadaws and to see labour services of young people. I have gained knowledge and ways for life from this events,” said Daw Moe Moe from South Okkalapa Township.
“I also brought my neighbours in my car to this event to receive the teachings of the Sayadaws. This event is held one time in a year,” said Ko Than Htike from Insein Township.
The three-day event started on the New Year Day with a sermon delivered by Bhamo Saydaw Dr Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa, Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee.
On the second Day, Rector Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Nanda Malar Bhivamsa delivered the sermon. —Zaw Gyi
(Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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