Vesak Day in Singapore ― Date, History, and Details

Vesak Day in Singapore

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History of Vesak Day in Singapore and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Vesak Day is a religious holiday commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is celebrated on the first full moon in May and is also known as Buddha’s birthday. In Singapore, Vesak Day is a public holiday.

On Vesak Day, Buddhists go to temples to pray and make offerings. They also listen to sermons by monks. Many people wear white on Vesak Day, as it is the colour of purity.

In the evening, there are often special ceremonies at temples, where people walk around the temple three times with candles and joss sticks. This is called a “candlelight procession” and is meant to represent the Buddha’s path to enlightenment.