Thadingyut, the seventh month of the Myanmar calendar, marks the end of lent. It is the three day lights festival, namely the day before the full moon, the full moon and the day after. It was on the full moon day of Thadingyut that the Buddha descended to the abode of humans. In order to pay back the gratitude to his mother, Lord Buddha preached the Abidhamma to Maidawmi Nat (reincarnate of his mother) in Tavatimsa abode of celestials for three Lenten months. The King of Celestials created gold, silver, ruby stairways for him. Buddha took the middle ruby one radiating six hues of aura. The nats came along by the right gold stairways and the brahmas by the left silver stairways.
On account of that, streets, houses and public buildings are illuminated and festooned with coloured electric bulbs to welcome the Buddha and his disciples. Thadingyut is not only a season of festival and rejoicing, but also a time for remembering those to whom we owe respect and gratitude. There is also the practice of paying respects to parents, teachers and elderly relatives. The elders usually return the act of goodwill by wishing to be healthy, wealthy and safe from dangers and giving pocket-money and snacks to the young people.
In this year full moon day of Thadingyut will fall on 30th October 2012(Tuesday)