Vesak Day

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Vesak Day

Vesak Day (Wesak Day), also referred to as “Buddha’s Birthday”, is an annual religious festival celebrated by the two major Buddhist denominations in Singapore: Theravada and Mahayana Buddhists. The festival typically lasts for a full day and is seen as one of the most significant occasions in Buddhism as it marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha.

The official celebration of Vesak Day in Singapore can be tracked back to the 1920s, where the term “Vesak” was first publicly used in the press coverage in 1925 by The Straits Times. It was officially gazetted as a public holiday in 1955 under David Marshall’s Labour Front government, following continuous public petitions led by the Singapore Buddhist Association.

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