Festivals in Myanmar: Religious Examination Festival

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MiNo. 471 Myanmar
Opr.; perf. K 14 1/4:14
Stamp, Issue Date: 03.06.2019
Picture description:
lp) Student at the exam
471  200 K multicolored lp
Quantity: 150.000 pieces
Designer: Wai Zin Paing (MPS)
Printer: Government Security Printing Works (SPW), Rangoon
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Here as a "MINT NEVER HINGED (MNH)" Single Stamp
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  • The 3rd month of the Myanmar Lunar calendar "Nayone" ushers in the wet season monsoon. As the rain wind beating cloud blows from the north- west direction showers spray the scorched earth of Myanmar. In no time Myanmar?s drylands become green carpets of grass. The environment is fragrant with the scents of jasmine flowers designated as the flora of this month.
  • Three important events take place in this month:
    (1). Plowing ceremony of Myanmar kings to gather with farmers.
    (2). On the full moon of this month Lord Gotama Buddha delivered Maha Thamaya Sutta "to Bramas and devas of all Universes".
    (3). It is in the months of Nayone that religious examinations are held for Buddhist monks and lay students.
  • In Myanmar Language, the word "Kyaung" has diverent meanings.
    (1). Firstly training domestic animals, training children.
    (2). Kyaung means a school as well as a monastery. There is no separate word for school and monastery. Residences of monks are called Phongyi Kyaung teaching schools are called Sarthin Kyaung. Myanmar literary education originated in monasteries where monk teachers give 3 kind of education to children free of charge regardless of race, religion, creed, and social status. Reading, Writing and Arithmetics are taught by monks teachers and train in Buddhist morals, esthetics and civic duties.
  • There are 3 Steps (Sasana) in Buddhism knows as "Tipitaka" Literally, "Three Baskets" (Bodies) namely:
    (1). Pariyatti Sasana - Aequisition of a sound knowledge of the Dhamma, the Law, and religious literature and scriptures through intensive and extensive learning.
    (2). Patipatti Sasana - which means "being accomplished in knowledge".
    (3). Previda Sasana  - which means the acting according to knowledge communicated and acquired.

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