• Vesak Day in Singapore

    Finally the official Vesak Day in Singapore. I had a long list of temples to visit, but managed to see only a few of them. However, those we visited provided us with a real nice mix of Buddhist Vesak celebrations of various Buddhist schools. The main celebrations happened again in Geylang, where the Amitabha Buddhist Centre organized a full day of activities and celebrations. A lot of people showed up here again. We did move on to a temple personally connected to one of my friends – the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple, with an amazing Bodhi Tree. After that we moved on to Toa Payoh to pay our respect to…

  • Vesak Day 2 in Singapore

    Busy schedule on the day/night before the official Vesak Day in Singapore. While the visit to the Thai temple, Wat Ananda Metyaram was a brief one, because their main activities were also scheduled in the evening hours, our focus was on the huge Bright Hill temple. The official name is Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and there were lots of activities going on all day, besides the temple itself being worth spending a lot of time in. However the temple is really known for it’s 3-Step, 1-Bow Ceremony during Vesak Day. A lot of people will visit the temple and thousands of worshippers will participate in the ceremony.…

  • Vesak Day(s) in Singapore

    Usually I celebrate Vesak Day in Thailand or Laos, or as I covered on this blog before, at the Borobudur in Java. This year I wanted to see how they celebrate it in Singapore. After all, Singapore has a 42.5 percent Buddhist population! Expected Vesak Day to be on one day only, but learned that it is going on for several days before the actual full moon. So, I had to plan out my temple visits and celebrations over 3 days. Starting with the Kwan Im Temple on Waterloo Street and moving on to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown before visiting the opening ceremonies of the Amitabha Buddhist…