Monks, nuns and worshippers gather in Tavoy [officially known as Dawei] to celebrate the Full Moon Day of Tabaung, a Buddhist celebration that falls in the twelfth month of the Buddhist calendar.
Hundreds of residents took to the town in Tenasserim Division on Wednesday, making offerings of food to Buddhist monks at the historic Loka Marazen Pagoda.
Celebrations take place in pagodas across the country. The festival begins with a nakyake shitsu ceremony for offerings, followed by a 10-day, nonstop recital of the Pathana, or Buddhist scripture.
Traditionally, Burmese Buddhists visit temples on Tabaung to make offerings to monks. It is also a day when the devoted choose to fast or eat modestly, do good deeds, and avoid bad language and inconsiderate actions.