Vesak Day in Singapore in 2020

Vesak Day in Singapore in 2020
  How long until Vesak Day?
This holiday next takes place in 234 days.
  Dates of Vesak Day in Singapore
2021 Singapore Wed, May 26 National Holiday
2020 Singapore Thu, May 7 National Holiday
2019 May 19, May 20
SingaporeMon, May 20National Holiday
SingaporeSun, May 19National Holiday
2018 Singapore Tue, May 29 National Holiday
2017 Singapore Wed, May 10 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks three key events in Buddhas life - his birthday, the enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana
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Vesak Day in Singapore

In Singapore, Vesak Day celebrations include monks chanting and acts of generosity are observed by Buddhist organizations and temples.

These include the freeing of caged birds and animals, visiting and giving alms to the poor and needy. Silent marches or meditations in the evening end the daylong celebration.

Following the Second World war, there was a campaign in Singapore to make Vesak Day a national holiday. It was finally made a national holiday in 1955.

When is Buddha Purnima?

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

The exact date of Vesak is the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May.

Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh has special significance because on this day the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment (nirvana), and attained parinirvana (nirvana-after-death of the body) when he died.

Traditions of Buddha Purnima

Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism, was born in India 3,000 years ago. There are various opinions concerning the exact dates of his birth and death, but according to Buddhist tradition, he is said to have been born April 8, 1029 BC and died on February 15, 949 BC, although other Buddhist scholars place his birth five hundred years later.

Shakyamuni Buddha was the son of the king of the Shakyas, a small clan whose kingdom was located at the foothills of the Himalayas, south of what is now central Nepal, fifteen miles from Kapilavastu. Shakya of Shakyamuni is taken from the name of this tribe and muni means sage or saint. His family name was Gautama (Best Cow) and his given name was Siddhartha (Goal Achieved) though some scholars say this is a title bestowed on him by later Buddhists in honour of the enlightenment he attained.

Even though many Buddhists observe Buddha's historical birth on 8th April, the exact date remains in question. Although modern archaeological and historical research confirms that Prince Siddartha Gotama lived around this time.

On Buddha Purnima, people dress in white clothes and give out kheer (a rice pudding) as, according to legend, a woman named Sujata once offered Gautam Buddha kheer on his birthday and it has since become a tradition.

The dharmacakra or dharma wheel is a symbol often seen during Vesak. It is a wooden wheel with eight spokes. The wheel represents Buddha's teaching on the path to enlightenment. The eight spokes symbolize the noble eightfold path of Buddhism.

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