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30,000 monks attend mass alms-giving in Myanmar

Thirty-thousand monks assembled in the early morning chill in Myanmar on Sunday for a spectacular alms-giving event, partly organised by a controversial mega-temple under scrutiny across the border in Thailand. With many barefoot, Buddhist monks from Myanmar and Thailand and senior religious officials from a dozen countries collected alms next to an airport in the central city of Mandalay, that is also a heartland of the faith. As the sun rose over the ancient town, a sea of saffron and maroon-robed monks assembled in an area the size of a football field. They meditated, prayed and collected alms in an event meant to tighten the relationship of monks and Buddhists between (the) two countries and to strengthen the monkhood in the region, according to a statement. I hope we can continue to hold bigger events in the coming years, said U Thu Nanda, a 24-year-old Burmese monk. The event was the third and largest of its kind since 2015 and comes as one of the organisers, the ...


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