A programme marking Kathin Chibar Dan, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Buddhist community in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region ended yesterday.
The two-day programme ended at Rajban Bihar in Rangamati town through seeking peace, prosperity and happiness for the people of CHT and beyond.
Robes were “woven through hard work” at the Bain Ghar (sewing room), which Chakma Circle Chief Raja Devasish Roy inaugurated on the first day. They were then donated to monks around 3pm yesterday.
Khagrachhari lawmaker Basonti Chakma, Raja Devasish Roy, Chakma Rani Yan Yan, Rangamati Hill Districts Council Chairperson Brisho Ketu Chakma, and local representatives of different sectors in the district were present on the second day.
Monks said all Buddhists have to avoid greed, hedonistic desires and envy, if they want to follow Buddha’s path.
Kathin Chibar Dan is a monthlong religious festival during which people donate different items to monks, including cloth woven in their own looms.
About 2,500 years ago, Bishakha, a disciple of Gautam Buddha, introduced the festival. Since then, the Buddhist community celebrates it every year. It marks the conclusion of a three-month seclusion of monks who meditate for self-edification and atonement for all.