History of the Wesak Day
The history of the Wesak Day dates back to the first World-Fellowship Conference of the Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in the year 1950.Participants attending the conference urged the leaders of the Nations having significant number of Buddhist population to make the full-moon day of May every year a national holiday like Nepal. The Wesak Day is celebrated by the Buddhists as the commemoration of Lord Buddha's birth ,his attainment of the Nirvana and his departure for the heavenly abode
Celebration of the Wesak Day Festival in Singapore
On Wesak Day the followers and devotees of Lord Buddha gather at the precincts of the temple to hoist the sacred Buddhist flag and sing hymns praising the three gems viz the Lord Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha. They also offer flower, incense-stick and candle to the Lord which draw a symbolic parallel to the inevitable decay and decadence of the human body just like the withering away of the flowers and the burning out of the incense sticks and candles. The temples arrange for exhibitions and initiation ceremonies are also undertaken in some of the temples. The monks deliver sermons and teachings of the lord Buddha.
The Wesak day is celebrated in all of the Buddhist temples in Singapore but The more notable celebrations are held at:
- The Tibetan-Buddhist temple at the Jalan Toa Payoh
- The Thai-Buddhist temple at the Jalan Bukit Merah
- The River Valley Road's Buddhist lodge.
Main Observances of the Wesak Day Festival in Singapore
The Buddhists observe the Wesak Day by meditating and taking part in charitable activities. Some followers also take part in blood donations. The followers are instructed to stay away from hunting and killing any living being and they also stick to a vegetarian meal throughout the day. The Day finally comes to an end with a candle-lit procession undertaken by the devotees.
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