Binara Poya marks the beginning of the Vas season in which Bhikkhus retreat to temples and engage themselves in numerous activities including conducting Dhamma sermons, Dhamma discourses and meditation.
They also guide devotees to get involved in various other religious activities such as Bodhi poojas and Pahan poojas.
It was on a Binara Full Moon Poya Day that Queen Mahaprajapathi Gothami, the stepmother of Prince Siddhartha, visited the Buddha in Kapilavastu and asked permission to enter the Bhikkhuni Order.
The Buddha refused her request. Although she made the same request again, the Blessed One did not give His consent.
Following repeated requests by the queen and the female Sakyans, Ven. Ananda Thera appealed to the Buddha to grant permission for Queen Mahaprajapathi Gothami and her 500 companions to enter the Bhikkhuni Order.