Todays is Navam Full Moon, a Poya Day celebrated by Sinhalese Buddhists. It marks the end of the month Duruthu and the beginning of the month Navam.
According to Buddhist traditions, two significant incidents took place on a Navam Purapasalosvaka Full Moon Poya Day, namely the appointment of Buddha’s two chief disciples, Saraputta and Moggallana, and the first Buddhist Council was held after the passing away of the Buddha. This Buddhist Council was lead by Mahakassapa Thera. As a very senior monk, Mahakassapa, organized the collection of the words of Buddha, particularly the Sutras and the monastic rules called Vinaya. Insofar, Namvam Poya Day also commemorates one important step in establishing or maintaining the Buddhist order, by organizing its discipline after the Buddha’s death. Vinaya also means “discipline”.
Also many lay Buddhists observe the Eight Precepts called Atasil on Navam and other Full Moon Days. Besides the fundamental fice precepts, the Atasil include
- to abstain from food after midday,
- to abstain from dancing, singing and music and wearing garlands,
- to abstain from the use of luxurious beds and seats
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