On Waso Full Moon Day, the Waso Robe Offering Ceremony marks the beginning of the three month Buddhist Lent in the month of Waso (June/July). This ceremony celebrates the Buddha’s Fish sermon, delivered forty-nine days after he attained nirvana.
Traditionally, people have to offer robes to monks to wear during this period, a time when they are not allowed to travel. No weddings, feasts, or festivals are celebrated during the Buddhist Lent, and people try to follow the Five Precepts more conscientiously. If you are planning to do this good deed but do not know where to start, here is your guide.
Monk’s Robe & Utensils
Thamada Robe Store
“Thamada Monk’s Robe Centre” original shop was established and opened in 1983 by U Than Naing and Daw Kyi Swe. They sell only one kind of original Robe preikhayar as a main goods. All sorts of Buddha Statues and Palins, which is similar to a throne, are available.
Shop (1) : No. 118, Yetarshe old Road, Bahan Township, Yangon.
Shop (2) : No. 23/B, Yetarshe old Road, Bahan Township, Yangon.
Shop (3) : No.156, West Shwe Gone Daing Road, Bahan Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01 543 282.
Sin Pyan Robe Store
Sin Pyan Robe Store is located near Shwe Dagon Pagoda. They sell different types of Robe and Preikhayar which is 8 basic necessities that monks and nuns are allowed to have as personal property.
No. 46, Oak Road, Bahan Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01-371789, 01552959, 09-5024596, 09-250044442, 09-5184492, 09-5016254.
A Lo Daw Ya Robe Store
A Lo Daw Ya Robe Store sell not only the robe and preikhayar but also all sorts of Buddha Statues and Palins.
Shop (1) : No. 186, Baho Road, Sanchaung Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01 523046.
Shop (2) : No. 105, Kyauk Myaung Road, Tamwe Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01 430440.
Shop (3) : No. 69, Min Street, Sanchaung Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01 512652.
Kyar Ngar Khaing Robe Store
This store was established long time ago and it is still going on. Unlike other stores, it sells only robes with reasonable prices.
Shop (1) : No. 59, Upper KyiMyinDaing Road, Kyi Myin Daing Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01 524182.
Shop (2) : No. 83, Upper KyiMyinDaing Road, Kyi Myin Daing Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01 535162.
Mahar Lumbini Rope Store
Mahar Lumbini is one of the shop which sell the Eight Requisites of Monk all over Myanmar. The prices are different according to the type of quality.
No. 507 E, Pyae Road, Kamayut Township, Yangon. | Ph : 01 525 269.
After you buy the robes from these stores, you can donate at the nearest monastery to your house or your workplace. You can donate along with alms or meals.Moreover, if you see the monks along the street in the morning, you can donate to them as well.
According to the tradition, the locals usually invite their respective monks to visit their home for robes, alms, and meals offerings.