Buddhist nuns are women who choose to dedicate their lives to spiritual growth. They usually wear very simple clothes, often robes of a single color like orange, red or pink, and in Myanmar they wear primarily white or pink. The color can sometimes show which country they’re from or what type of Buddhism they follow. These nuns spend their days doing several tasks. They meditate, pray, and study religious texts to understand Buddhism better. They also help people, whether by teaching about Buddhism or doing kind work like helping the poor. Some nuns also do chores like cleaning, cooking, and maintaining their temples or monasteries. Just like monks, Buddhist nuns play a very important role in keeping the traditions of Buddhism alive.
In Myanmar, nuns begin their service at a very early age and can continue to stay as a nun throughout their lives or return to their life after being temporarily ordained for a period. Despite all the work that nuns do, they are generally treated as less religious or holy than monks who carry a much greater significance for the Myanmar people.