Vesak Day, or the day of the full moon, is a sacred day to millions of Buddhists worldwide. It marks the day that Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and then passed away in his eightieth year. It is a time for quiet reflection on Buddha’s teachings, joy and peace.
This year, the day falls on May 15 and devotees will be flocking to temples to celebrate the occasion with blessing ceremonies, light offerings and more.
If you are trying to plan out your Vesak Day weekend, take a look at some of the ways you can celebrate the occasion in Singapore below.
1. Get your pets blessed
This year, for the first time, Thekchen Choling, a temple in Jalan Besar, will be hosting an animal blessing event.
Families with pets can bring their furry friends down to the temple in the evening on May 14 where they will be able to receive a special blessing as well as make a light offering.
Pets will also be able to participate in fun activities such as paw painting during the event which will be guided by facilitators.