Celebration of Buddha Purnima by Monpa Tribe in Arunachal Pradesh

Updated: May 17

By Leikee Youton


The major concern this year is on Covid-19. So unlike the previous Buddha Purnima Celebration, instead of visiting Monasteries, HMLA Awo Phurpa Tsering La together with other departments visited and inspected all the four Quarantine centers of Dirang constituency and appealed all to cooperate in the fight against pandemic COVID-19 along with the administrative team, Doctors and Police personnel with all the required distributions.

According to Buddhist Calendar, the fifteenth day of Sumpa (third month) is celebrated as Buddha Purnima as it marks the Gautama Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Death. On this day, every person from the Buddhist sect visits Monasteries to offer a Praying to the statue of Lord Buddha with a traditional ceremonial scarf called 'khatag.' Together with offerings, they take along things such as CHHOIMEY (butter lamp), burning POITANG (Incense sticks), flowers and fruits. The light of the burning candle flame represents the light of the Buddha's very important teaching "Atta Deep Bhava" meaning Be Your Own Light. Apart from Monasteries, even the people in their homes light their CHHOIMEY to owe to this Auspicious Day. Some even hoist FHANN (colourful Buddhist flags) in the faraway woods to mark this auspicious day.




It is believed that on this day, a single sin is considered to be a thousand sins. Thus visiting the field is prohibited. Also, many other activities like consuming Non-veg are not done on this particular day. We do only good karma as much as we can. To owe to this day, we do everything holy. Unlike the previous Buddha Purnima Celebration, instead of visiting Monasteries, the major concern this year is on Covid-19. So on this auspicious day of Buddha Purnima, 2020 HMLA Awo Phurpa Tsering La together with other departments visited and inspected all the four Quarantine centers of Dirang constituency and appealed all to cooperate in the fight against pandemic COVID-19 along with the administrative team, Doctors and Police personnel with all the required distributions.

Besides, reported so far, unlike previous years, no denizens came out of their house to celebrate this Auspicious day due to the fear and consequences as all the monasteries have been also closed to enter.

Many competitions including the ARTWORK COMPETITION was initiated by some great hearts like "Sunshine_and_Change" for different age categories thus driving away from the boredom and to make good advantage of Covid-19 lockdown.

དེ་རིང་འབུམ་རྡེ་ལའི་ས་གནས་སྐོར་སྲུང་བ་རྣམས་ལ་དགོན་པའི་ངོས་ནས་ཁོང་རྣམ་པ་ཚོ་ཉིན་མཚན་ཁོར་མོ་ཡུག་ཏུ་ང་ཚོ་མི་མང་གི་དོན་དུ་ནད་ཡམས་འགོག་ཆེད་སྐུ་ངལ་ཚད་མེད་གནང་དང་གནང་བཞིན་པར་ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ་ཞུ་མཚོན་བྱེད་དུ་མཇལ་དར་དཀར་གཙང་དང་གསོལ་ཇ་བཞེས་ཏོག་ཕུལ་རྒྱུ་བྱུང་།། The Monastery has celebrated this Auspicious day with their monks by lighting CHHOIMEY, worshipping Local statue made of Flour (TORMA) and reading holy scriptures (PECHHA). Hence, no allowance of entry from outside was marked. Only a few have been seen visiting Monasteries with Tibetan traditional attire as shown in the second picture of this article. Being a Monpa Tribe in Countryside, not being able to visit Monasteries, 'Me' together with my family have gone to nearby stupa's to hoist our Buddhist flags (FHANN) and burned some holy aura plants (SANNG) to owe to this specific day.




Author: Leikee Youton is a 12th standard student from Dirang, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, INDIA

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