Vesak Day is a major event on the Buddhist calendar. It is a public holiday in Singapore which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Buddha.
In Singapore this day is celebrated every year with the faithful visiting their nearest temple, preparing their offerings and then engaging in a number of rituals.
Vesak Day Singapore 2019 – Dates & Buddhist Temple Celebration
Each year, monks lead the way by chanting the suntras and the local people flock to the temples to make offerings to Buddha. During this religious holiday, local people will engage in a ritual known as Dana, which is an opportunity to show generosity. The Dana celebration involves releasing caged animals and birds. The day is also marked by visiting the poor and young people will often go to hospitals where they will donate blood.On Vesak Day, there are also candlelight processions through the city and visitors will be able to view these processions at Phor Kark See Temple on Bright Hill Road. As the devotees walk in procession, they will pray for peace and ask for personal blessings and repentance.
Some of the most interesting locations to visit during this day include Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery which is Singapore’s largest temple which offers tours of the museum; the Vesak Carnival which is run by the Buddhist Fellowship and has food stalls, games, music and blessings; and the Amitabha Buddhist Centre hosts an event beside the Aljunied MRT Station.
Alternatively, visitors can go from temple to temple to view the many varied celebrations hosted on this day as there will be activities running from dawn til dusk, and well into the night. Vesak Day is a public holiday in Singapore, so many government buildings and banks will close, but most restaurants and malls will remain open.