President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin were present at a merit sharing ceremony held for the benefit of national leader Bogyoke Aung San and his colleagues who sacrificed their lives for the country at Zabuthiri Hall in the Nay Pyi Taw Council Office at 10 am on 19 July.
At the ceremony, Reverend Sayadaws led by Abhidhaja Maharathaguru Maha Visutarama Zaygone Monastery Sayadaw delivered religious sermons. The ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein and wife Daw Aye Thida, Deputy Commander in Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, Union Ministers, Union Attorney General, Union Auditor General, Chairman of Union Civil Service Board, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, Deputy Ministers, Nay Pyi Taw Council Members and their wives, invited guests and responsible officials. All those present at the ceremony received the Five Precepts from the Sayadaws and listened to the Metta Sutta recited by the Sayadaws, and offered offertories to the monks.
First of all, President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin offered “soon” (a meal offered to monks), fruits, flowers, holy water and candle lights. Next, the Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein and wife, Daw Aye Thida and Deputy Commander in Chief of Defence Services and Commander in Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe offered donations to Sanghas. Afterwards, Union Minister Lt-General Sein Win, Lt-General Ye Aung, Dr Aung Thu, U Thant Sin Maung and Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr Myo Aung provided offertories to the Sanghas. After listening to sermons delivered by the presiding Sayadaw, President, the First Lady and those present at the ceremony shared merits gained with the fallen martyrs. After the ceremony, the President, the First Lady and guests offered “soon” to the Sayadaws.
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