Happy Vesak Day to our Buddhist and Hindu friends!
Vesak Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Buddha. It is observed by Buddhists and some Hindus. Vesak Day falls on the full moon of the month. In Singapore, this happens to be today!
Vesak Day is about paying homage to the Buddha, not by offering flowers or candle lights, but by following his teachings. This includes being conscious of one’s actions, and practicing kindness and compassion, particularly to the elderly, the sick, and those with disabilities.
Non-Buddhists and non-Hindus can also participate in this special day by wishing their friends a blessed Vesak Day. Temples around Singapore also have their own celebrations that you can observe.
These are some famous Buddhist temples in Singapore:
1. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (Chinatown)
2. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bishan)
3. Burmese Buddhist Temple (Novena)
4. Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple (Bukit Merah)
5. Wat Palelai (Bedok)
Multiculturalism in Singapore is truly amazing