In the days of the Buddha, lectures and discussions were held in towns and villages. For years “What is Maṅgala?” was a highly debated topic. Finally presented with it, the Buddha expounded the Maṅgala Sutta, containing thirty-eight principles for success and prosperity.
The word maṅgala is a frequently used word in Myanmar. People greet each other with “Maṅgalabar”, which can be translated as “May your day be good” or “Good luck”. Monks often recite the Maṅgala Sutta at danā ceremonies and other Buddhist functions, and it is one of the first lessons taught to Buddhist children. Even though children won't understand the meaning of all Maṅgalas, understanding some is already beneficial. Maṅgala classes aim to teach children to be polite, disciplined, and cultured—which augurs well for the future of a country.