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This week’s full moon, which fell close to the fall equinox when day and night hours are nearly equal everywhere on Earth, is significant in many cultures, including Buddhist ones. Here are two reasons Buddhists celebrate the September full moon:
1. In Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, this moon marks the Honey-offering Festival, which celebrates the story of when animals brought food to the Buddha to help him survive he was isolated in the wilderness.
2. In Sri Lanka, this moon also marks Binara Pura Pasalosvaka Poya day, the day the bhikkhuni order of Buddhist nuns was first established.