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Kathina

Taking place at the end of the Vassa, or monsoon, period, in October and November, Kathina is the largest alms-giving ceremony of the Buddhist year. During the Vassa period, normally nomadic Buddhist monks will have remained in one place for three months, and the Kathina celebration marks the time for them to move on. The festival also celebrates the offerings of cloth that are given to the monks upon their leaving by the lay people.