On Sunday, November 18th Amaravati Buddhist Monastery held it’s annual Kathina Festival. The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2,500 years. It takes place during the month following the end of the Vassa (the three months’ Rains Retreat). At the time of Kathina, lay followers make a special offering of the Kathina cloth, and in addition other requisites to the Sangha.
Kathina is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration. It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the cloth and other requisites.
As in previous years, this year was a Royal Kathina, with the Royal Kathina Robe being graciously offered by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand.