Navam Full Moon Poya, a particularly special day, occurs on the first full moon day in February, which is this year on February 5. This day, which is celebrated in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Tabaung, is the second-most significant Buddhist holiday. The first Buddhist Council is established, and the first two main followers of Gautama Buddha are honoured. Three months after Buddha attained Nibbana, the council was created. The Vinaya, a set of moral guidelines for all Buddhist monks, is how the Buddha’s teachings were transmitted to his students. Let’s find out more about this blessed occasion in Sri Lanka.
HISTORY OF NAVAM FULL MOON POYA
Every month in Sri Lanka, the Buddhist celebration known as Navam Full Moon Poya takes place. Every full moon is watched in order to purify the psyche and bring back pleasure and calm. Buddhists observe their religion according to the lunar calendar, raising the total number of Poyas to 13 or occasionally 14. On these days, all stores and enterprises are closed, and meat and alcohol consumption are prohibited. Buddhist adherents from the Sinhalese nation also go to temples to engage in spiritual practices including meditation and prayer. The Gregorian date of the full moon, which is typically when Navam Full Moon Poya occurs each month, might occasionally be a day sooner or later.
The third lunar month’s Poya is also known as “Navam Poya,” “Māgha Pūjā,” “Saṅgha Day,” or “Buddhist All Saints Day.” It is the second-most significant Buddhist holiday and is held on the first full moon in February. It honours a gathering of the Buddha and 1,250 of his original followers, which stands for the formation of an ideal society. According to legend, Buddha gathered with his enlightened and ordained followers on the first full moon of the third lunar month and gave a summary of Buddhism, emphasizing refraining from doing evil, patience, forbearance, restraint, and moderation.
Buddhists, therefore, commemorate the establishment of an ideal community on this day. In Sri Lanka, it is reported that Buddha also chose Sriputta and Moggallna, two of his most important followers, on Navam Poya, the day he also foretold his Nibbana, which was to occur in three months. Buddhists have used this day to earn merit ever since it was established in 1851 by engaging in practices including almsgiving, meditation, and attending temple discourses.