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Kathina Festival / Pavarana Day (Buddhism)

Friday, September 29, 2023

Holidays and Awareness Dates

Kathina Festival / Pavarana Day (Buddhism)

Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat for Theravada Buddhists in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The season during which a monastery may hold Kathina is one month long, beginning after the full moon of the eleventh month in the Lunar calendar.

It is a time of giving, for the laity to express gratitude to Buddhist monks. Lay Buddhists bring donations to temples, especially new robes for the monks. The gift of the Eight Requisites (Attha Parikara, or Atapirikara in Sri Lanka) is also part of the offerings.