One of the prominent celebrations observed in Tibet is Saga Dawa Festival. In Tibetan, Dawa means month and Saga refers to the ‘Tibetan name of a Star’. It is collectively commemorated as the sacred observance when Buddha took the enlightenment, birth, and Parinirvasna (death). Considered as the tri-sets of his life, Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and death of his mortal body on the same day. It is solemnized on every 15th of 4th lunar month and the 4th lunar month is popular as- Saga Dawa.
Remarked as a holy month and devoted to the achievements of life of Buddha, these festive ceremonies vary from monastery to monastery and are celebrated with immense fervour and show all across the corners. Being the most religious festival in Tibet, the traditional jollifications can be seen at the Mount Kailasha across the Tibet Plateau.
Interesting Facts About This Gala
- Lord-Buddha is venerated among the worshipers on Saga-Dawa, as this day is commemorated when he attained the enlightenment through spiritual knowledge and insights by ignoring the worldly-pleasure.
- This spiritual ceremony is directed and steered by a Lama who is a Buddhist teacher, through the rite.
- This religious sacrament is all allied to a Flagpole situated on the hillock of a mountain. On this day, it is replaced by another flagpole that lies on the Kailasha Beside this, the flagpole should stand upright the hill otherwise it is considered to bring bad luck to Tibet and its residents.
- The whole month of Saga Dawa is purposely extolled to take special oaths like Nyanney and Nyungney. These two vows are for taking one-time meal per day and to refrain from food and speaking throughout the holy month respectively.
- The specialty of this Buddhist festival is: The Tibet tribes pray for the well-being and good health of their beloved
- The local people involve the confined enthusiasts into various acts and spread the Buddha’s Teaching and Enlightenment through preaching’s, seminars and deep discussions in a conference room or so.
Highlights of this Religious feast: Saga Dawa Duchen
Each and Every Festival comes up with discrete specialties and uniqueness. Saga Dawa Festival brings umpteen varieties and noteworthy customs along with it. Here we are showcasing the main highlights of the Buddhist Occasion under headlines.
The replacement of the Flagpole on the pinnacle round of the Kailasha Mount is a foremost ritual performed by the Tibetans during Saga-Dawa. The distinguished gigantic pole that reclines on the way of Kailasha round is replaced with religious convention every year. The former frayed flagpole is lugged down and a brand new pole is up-righted in its position. People gather into a crowd for this notable pious event to attach their small prayer flags to the pole in the Kailasha round.
Sojin: The practice of Life-Rescue:
Slaughtering and butchering are now become our day-to-day job and every day we are unknowingly and knowingly killing animals like small ants, worms, grasshoppers, crickets, or fish etc.
‘Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages’.
The peerless way to make an offering of life is to save and release the tame and domesticated animals from killing and slaving. Be them in their natural abode and let them sustain their lives peacefully. The social undertaking of giving life to domesticated animals and other creatures is Sojin. Earn goodness through these ethical deeds and spread happiness, amity, and ecstasy to all the Homo-Sapiens.
On this propitious festivity, observe a fast or limit yourself to a week with vegan food and cuisines. A person should not consume meat or fish and other animal products for morals and religious purposes. A common tradition can be followed during the month of Saga Dawa or else take an oath of Vegetarianism for a salubrious lifestyle and to avoid health problems.
A contribution to a Dharma Organization
Regional horde organizes profuse camps to donate money and other useful items to necessitous. After the donation, one feels immense pleasure by helping poor and poverty-stricken in giving capitals and the services to Dharma centers and other spiritual monasteries. The benefaction can be anything such as: providing a shelter to a homeless, funding a community priest, monk or nun, or financing a Dharma operation or distribution of artifacts and essential items.
Ngari Populace Favoured- Fest:
It is exalted as one of the biggest festivals in Ngari area and the Tibetan throng frame this event a renowned one with their immense vivacity and dynamism. The Ngari folks enthusiastically engage themselves in the religious merrymaking and actively participate in various rituals gaieties along with Chinese, Indians, Nepalis peeps.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. All religions have some basic guidelines that define their morality and behavior. In Buddhism, the most important rules are the Five Precepts and these have been defined by Buddha himself.
- No Killing- Respect for life
- No Stealing: Respect for others’ Property
- No Sexual Misconduct: Respect for our Pure Nature
- No Lying: Respect for Honesty
- No Intoxicant: Respect for a Clear Mind.
Let’s Now Read in Detail about each of them.
Wishing you all a blessed Divine Month- “Saga Dawa”.