- Kathina or Katina is a Buddhist festival that comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat of intensive practice for Theravada Buddhists in Bangladesh (known as Kaṭhina Cībar Dān), Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The season during which a monastery may hold the Kathina ceremony is one month long, beginning after the full moon of the eleventh month in the Lunar calendar (usually October). This is a time of giving, for lay Buddhists to express gratitude to monastics (Buddhist nuns and monks). Lay people bring donations to temples, like new saffron robes and other monastic requisites.
|Tall statue in Sri Lanka|
|The great Buddhaghosa in Sri Lanka|
|Happy birthday, Ven. Dhammarama!|