Sunday, October 28th, at Bhavana the day starts with a chanting dedication to the Buddha at 9:30 a.m. Although we have a celebration on a single day, Kathina is a period of one month, following the end of the Vassa or rains retreat, during which the laity offer material requisites to the Sangha, usually in the form of special robes or cloth. Originally Kathina marked the period in which the monastics were able to resume their wandering after the required three months residency during the rains retreat. The laity offered them new robes before they set out. The word “kathina” comes from the name of the sewing frame used to make the robe.