Kathina Ceremony 卡迪那
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In the Theravada Buddhist tradition, Kathina (robe-offering ceremony) is held once a year between mid-October and mid-November. It is a ceremony whereby new robes are presented to Buddhist monks at the end of the three months rainy retreat (vassa).
"Kathina·is a Pali word to describe the wooden sewing frame which was once used to make robes for Buddhist monks. Such robes were bestowed on monks who had completed the three month rainy season retreat
The ceremony is said to have originated in the following way A group of monks was on their way to the town of Savatthi where the Buddha was in attendance. However, because the rains came before they got there. they were forced to stay in the nearby town of Saketa and completed the three months retreat there. At the end of their retreat they finally arrived at Savatthi and met up with the Buddha. On seeing them. He realized that extra robes were thus needed for monks at the end of the rainy season retreat
The Benefits of Kathina......
The offering of Kathina robes is a traditional and long standing religious ceremony among Theravada Buddhists. Robes are donated on one day each year. It is a great occasion of merit making for Buddhists and observed as a way of paying gratitude to monks for maintaining and propagating the Lord Buddha's Teachings and practicing His tenets. The ceremony itself is a colourful and joyous occasion. According to the Thai Theravada tradition, the Kathina robes and other requisite offerings are sponsored by various individuals.
Thailand's king, Bhumiphol Adulyadej royally sponsors a new set of Kathina robes himself each year at various temples.