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Full Moon Day of Waso – August 1, 2023

Full Moon Day of Waso is observed during the full moon day of Waso, the fourth month of the Burmese calendar. It tends to fall in July or August as per the Gregorian calendar. This year, it will be observed on August 1. Similar to other holidays celebrated in other countries, it marks the anniversary of the first sermon given by Lord Buddha in the Deer Park in Sarnath, India over 2,500 years ago. This is also the first day of the Buddhist Lent, which lasts for three months. During this period, Buddhists will abstain from consuming meat, alcohol, or smoking. They gather and offer flowers at pagodas and offer monks new robes.

History of Full Moon Day of Waso

Born in Lumbini, India, Siddhartha Gautama was a member of the aristocratic Shakya clan during the reign of Magadha ruler Bimbisara. When the sheltered young man, the story goes, embarked on a journey outside the walls of his palace, he saw the reality of suffering beyond aristocratic luxury, and subsequently renounced his place in society and adopted the life of an ascetic. After many years of meditation and mendicancy, he is believed to have attained enlightenment — the knowledge and understanding of the cycle of life and death, and how to lead a ‘good life’ of moderation. He began traveling across the Gangetic plain to spread his message of a Middle Path.

The first sermon ever delivered by Gautama was over 2,500 years ago in the Deer Park in Sarnath, India. In this sermon, entitled “Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion,” Gautama laid down the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. According to the sermon, there were four universal Noble Truths; the existence of suffering, the cause of suffering, that the cause of suffering can end, and the path to the end of suffering. He propounded that a human’s suffering can end by following the Middle Path, or the Noble Eightfold Path; right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Following this path would allow a person to break away from suffering and attain nirvana.

After his death, Gautama came to be known as Buddha, which means ‘The Enlightened One.”

Full Moon Day of Waso timeline

5th century B.C.
Lifetime of Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha lives and becomes the founder of Buddhism.

269 — 231 B.C.
Buddhism Reaches Sri Lanka

Buddhist practitioners are sent to Sri Lanka from India.

1st Century A.D.
Buddhism in China

Buddhism reaches China.

2nd Century A.D.
Buddhism Reaches Central Asia

Buddhism reaches Central Asia during the reign of King Kanishka.

Full Moon Day of Waso FAQs

What is Waso in Myanmar?

It is the fourth month of the Burmese calendar.

What is the traditional food in Myanmar?

The staple food is rice and curry.

What is the capital of Burma?

Naypyidaw.

How to Observe Full Moon Day of Waso

  1. Learn about Buddhist philosophy

    The First Sermon Of Lord Buddha marks the anniversary of the day Buddhist philosophy was established. Spend the day reading up on it.

  2. Read about the life of Gautum Buddha

    Gautum Buddha had an awe-inspiring life. Use the day as an opportunity to learn more about it.

  3. Visit a Buddhist temple

    If possible, visit a Buddhist temple on the day and offer your prayers. Not only is it an inspiring spiritual experience, but it is also a marvel of architecture.

5 Interesting Facts About Buddhism

  1. Two branches

    Buddhism has two main branches, Mahayana and Theravada.

  2. Popularity

    Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world.

  3. First mention in Western writing

    Buddhism was first mentioned in Western writing in the second century A.D.

  4. Creator

    Buddhism does not believe in a supreme creator.

  5. Sangha

    Lord Buddha founded an order of people called the ‘Sangha,’ which has preserved the teachings of Buddhism to this day.

Why Full Moon Day of Waso is Important

  1. It’s a day of religious significance

    There are over 500 million Buddhists in the world. The First Sermon Of Lord Buddha is an important day for them.

  2. It’s an opportunity to learn about Buddhism

    For people who don’t know about Buddhism, the day is a perfect opportunity to learn about the beliefs and practices associated with Buddhism. Even if you aren’t a follower of the religion, the texts are a wonderful glimpse into history and belief systems.

  3. It’s a reminder of a very important philosophy

    The Buddhist belief in the Middle Path is a very important philosophy to analyze. The day offers an opportunity to ponder upon it.

Full Moon Day of Waso dates

YearDateDay
2022July 12Tuesday
2023August 1Tuesday
2024July 20Saturday
2025July 9Wednesday
2026July 29Wednesday
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