Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus. The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.
In Singapore, Vesak Day was made a public holiday in 1955 after many public petitions, replacing Whit Monday.
In the early decades of the 20th century, Vesak Day was associated with the Ceylonese community which then celebrated it along with their National Day in a two-day event.
After World War II, there was a movement to make Vesak Day a public holiday, with the Singapore Buddhist Association leading the petitions.
The celebration concludes with a candlelit procession through the streets. Mahayana Buddhist temples in Singapore, like the Phor Kark, practise the “three-step, one-bow” ritual on Vesak Day. Devotees take steps on both knees, bowing at every third step as they pray for world peace, personal blessings and repentance. The exhausting two-hour procession actually begins 24 hours before, when many reserve a place in the procession.
The main theme of Vesak Day is to practice love, peace and harmony as taught by the Buddha.
Friday, 17th to 19th May 2019 @Bugis MRT Exit A
Celebrating this auspicious event with us, to accumulate vast oceans of merit and to bring peace, happiness and harmony to humanity.
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