On Vesak Day, Buddhists worldwide commemorate events of significance to Buddhists from all traditions: the birth, Enlightenment and the Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. As Buddhism spread across the world, it was assimilated into various foreign cultures. This explains why Vesak Day is observed in a variety of ways.
The decision to agree on celebrating Vesak Day as the Buddha’s birthday was formalised at the first Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950. On this appointed day, Buddhists assemble at their various temples for rituals and offerings. Flowers, candles and joss-sticks alongside other offerings are made to the Buddha. These offerings remind followers of the impermanence of life; just as the beautiful flowers would wither away and the candles and joss-sticks would soon burn out, all phenomena too is subject to impermanence and change.
Many temples also display a small image of the baby Prince Siddhartha in a small basin filled with water and decorated with flowers – this is to allow believers to make “bath offering” to the Prince. This act symbolises the purification of a practitioner’s bad karma and re-enacts the events following the Prince’s birth, when the heavenly beings made celestial offerings to the soon-to-be-Buddha.
This Vesak, as we celebrate the Birth, Enlightenment and the Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha, we invite you to join us to connect with friends, family and the community to experience the light of wisdom, encouraging all to lead beneficial lives.
During this holy month of Vesak, we have a series of activities lined up for you and your family to particpate in, such as the Gybashi puja, the Green Tara fire puja, Recitation of 10,000 Buddha Names, Unveiling of Wish Fulfilling Thangka and Carnival on Vesak day.
For merit making opportunities, you may download the Vesak Registration Form 2018.
Download the Vesak Brochure 2018.
Join us now to accumulate merits together! Bring your family and friends along!