|Vesak observes three important events in the Buddha's life: birth, enlightenment, nirvana|
How much do you really understand about Vesak Day ["Buddhist Xmas"]?
Mahayana temples, such as Phor Kark See Temple on Bright Hill Road, practice the "three-step, one-bow" ritual on Vesak Day, where devotees take three steps on both knees, bowing at every third step as they pray for world peace, personal blessings, and repentance.
Theravada Buddhists, mainly comprised of Singapore's Burmese, Thai and Sri Lankan communities, rejoice at the Burmese Buddhist Temple at Geylang and the Sri Lankaramaya Temple on St. Michael's Road, respectively. Vesak celebrations include the ritual of preparing a pot of rich rice in coconut milk, reminiscent of the Buddha's last meal before his great enlightenment.
You don't have to be a Buddhist to celebrate Vesak. Head towards Singapore's oldest Buddhist temple on Lian Shan Shuang Lin or the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in the heart of Chinatown to observe the day.
5. Vesak Day in Singapore was only made an official public holiday in 1955
After World War II, the Singapore Buddhist Association led the petition to make Vesak Day an official public holiday.
Subsequently, this significant day for Buddhists was made an official public holiday in Singapore in 1955. Since Vesak is celebrated according to the lunar calendar, the date on which it is celebrated changes from year to year, usually falling in the month of May or early June.
|Dharma Meditation Initiative is celebrating all month, including May 13, 2018|