Navam Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka
Navam Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka is held on February 24. The Buddha proclaims for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts for the monks. This event in the third decade of the month February is annual. Help us
In the eve of the first Navam Full Moon Poya Day after the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha, there were more than one thousand two hundred and fifty disciples in the order of Maha Sangha. The enlightened one envisaged the need for principles of management to maintain the moral conduct and discipline of the followers. Although there had been no problem until then, the farsighted enlightened one would have anticipated incidents of breach of conduct and morality when the community of Sangha grew in number and variety.
Navam Poya also commemorates the first-ever Buddhist Council, held three months after the death of the Buddha.
Bringing together all monks for the first-ever Buddhist congregation, the appointment of Arahants Sariputta and Moggallana by the enlightened one as his chief disciples, promulgation of pre-liberation or collection of precepts of Vinaya or discipline and the determination of the term of life of the enlightened one by Gautama Buddha are significant events associated with Navam Full Moon Poya Day. These events make Navam Poya a day of paramount importance for Buddhists worldwide.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
Magha Puja on February 24 (Full moon, 3rd Thai lunar month);
Maha Shivaratri in Sri Lanka on March 8 (is a annual festival celebrated annually in honor of Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva");
Bak Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka on April 5 (commemorates the second visit of The Buddha to Sri Lanka);
Bengali New Year on April 15 (or Poila Boishakh. Sri Lankans begin celebrating their National New Year)