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Sojong (Poṣhadha)

The Meaning of Poṣhadha

In Indian Hindu societies, members of the community regularly observe rites for renewing their connection with virtue. The days of the new and full moons are regarded as holy and set aside for purification of non-virtue and re-establishment of virtue. Those days, and the purification rites performed on those days, are called upavasatha. Upavasatha, a Vedic Sanskrit word, literally means “to stay; wait; abide in a state of abstinence; to abstain from food.” In pre-Buddhist times, upavasatha was a day of fasting and, in particular, a day on which one prepared oneself spiritually for the main rite of