End of Rainy Retreat, Tai Yai Style

This evening I feel so good. Our maids from Tai Yai in Myanmar are preparing for the celebration of the end of the 3-month rainy retreat (Ookpansa). They set up an altar in the garden and made some tiny birds out of banana leaf. In the kratong they put a mixture of tea and beans. They told me this was the happiest time in Tai Yai. Lights are usually lit and put up around the fence. I told them next year we could celebrate this festival together at Khadiravana. They and their friends can go there and spend a night. We can put up all the lights which will lighten up Khadiravana. Together with the offering kratongs, we’ll also make clay stupa or tsa tsa for the Tara Great Stupa.

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