14 December 2017
The third coordination meeting for organizing the Consecration Ceremony of Shwedagon Pagoda and Rice Offering Ceremony to 18000 members of the Sangha was held at ShweDagon Pagoda on Thursday.
The ceremony is decided to hold with the aim of propagation and flourishing of Buddhism in Myanmar. A total of 11 sub-committees participated in the meeting to present their processes.
Chairman Sayadaw of Yangon Region Sangha Nayaka Committee Dr. Bhaddanta EaihtiBala gave an opening speech. After that, Yangon Region Chief Minister, U Phyo Min Thein gave a speech. He urged the sub-committee members to complete all preparations with well-planned time tables before December 30th.
Director, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Sein Maw said “The meeting today is the discussion with 11 sub-committees to solve the issues facing in each field and setting some new objectives to be achieved before the next meeting. The Ministry of Information will take care of sharing the information to public with notices on TVs, radios and newspapers. I hope people to understand the situation of prohibiting the entrance to ShweDagon pagoda from the evening of December 30th to afternoon of January 1st.”
Secretary of the organizing committee U Soe Min Htun presented the requirements, strategies and plans for successful holding of the ceremony. The representatives from sub committees reported their issues and Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein did the decision making.
The donation for the event will be accepted till December 28th and the last meeting is estimated to be held at 19th of December. The leftover cash of what people donated at the event will be used in the maintenance of ShweDagon pagoda.
Secretary, Committee for Allocation of Rice Offering Ceremony, Than Myint Aung said “This is a big donation event we can encounter only once in a life time. People who are interested in donating can contact us to participate in the big event. The registration of donor’s name, amount and location is needed for the security of everyone involved in the event. We are also planning to inform the public about the event via various broadcasting channels.”
Four separate groups; each including 45,000 monks will be entering ShweDagon from 4 different stairs ways. A group of Theravada monks from foreign countries such as Thailand, India and Nepal is invited to join the ceremony.