What is Bodhi Tree Watering Festival?
At the peak of the summer heat, thousands of pilgrims across Myanmar gather in the numerous Buddhist temples that dot the landscape for the Bodhi Tree Watering Festival.
Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment sitting in the shade underneath a Bodhi tree in Northern India some 2,500 years ago according to Buddhist tradition. As the Buddhist religion spread throughout Asia, saplings were cut from the original Bodhi tree and planted on the grounds of monasteries across the globe as living holy relics.
This ancient festival revolves around throngs of pilgrims pouring water on the roots of Bodhi trees in numerous temples in a merit-making ritual that’s believed to date back to Gautama Buddha’s lifetime. Throughout the day long ritual, Buddhists form long processions that wind between multiple temples as they attempt to splash a few ounces of water on every sacred tree they can find to celebrate Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment.
When is Bodhi Tree Watering Festival?
The Bodhi Tree Watering Festival is held in May. Dates for Buddhist festivals in Myanmar are chosen using an ancient lunar calendar, which uses the phases of the moon to determine auspicious times for religious ceremonies and events. If you’re interested in attending one of the Bodhi Tree Watering Festivals held in temples across Myanmar, it’s best to plan in advance with one of our Travel Specialists so the proper dates can be confirmed for your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Bodhi Tree Watering Festival Highlights:
The reverent atmosphere that permeates the Bodhi Tree Watering Festivals held at temples throughout Myanmar is a special treat cultural enthusiasts must-see.
Where is Bodhi Tree Watering Festival Celebrated?
The Bodhi Tree Watering Festival takes place on the grounds of any temple that contains a Bodhi Tree on the grounds. In Yangon alone the festival is held at Shwedagon, Botahtaung, Kabaraye and Malamu Pagodas.
When attending Buddhist festivals held on holy ground, it’s best to wear attire that covers your shoulders, arms, and knees in keeping with Buddhist traditions of modest dress.