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VESAK DAY / BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY

When is Vesak Day / Buddha's Birthday in 2019?

Vesak Day / Buddha's Birthday in 2019 is on the Sunday, 19th of May (5/19/2019).

Vesak Day / Buddha's Birthday is on the 139th day of 2019. There are 226 days left in the year.

Vesak Day / Buddha's Birthday Facts

  • Date: May 19, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called: Wesak Day, Buddha Purnima, Buddha's Birthday
  • Celebrations:
Vesak Day / Buddha's Birthday

Vesak Day also known as Wesak Day/ Buddha Purnima/ Buddha's Birthday is a major Buddhist festival celebrated by all the Buddhists throughout the world, with great ceremonial rituals. This day actually memorializes the birth, enlightenment (nirvana) and passing away (Parinirvana) of the Lord Gautama Buddha on one day.

Vesak Day date varies every year as it follows the lunar calendar. Due to diverse Buddhist cultures around the world, Vesak day is celebrated on different dates by different traditions. In the first Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950, it was decided to celebrate Vesak as the Buddha's birthday. In this conference the Maharaja of Nepal requested all the countries having Buddhist population, to make the first full-moon day of May a Public Holiday name Vesak in honor of the Buddha, the Lord of peace and harmony. In China and Hong Kong Buddha's birthday is celebrated on the eighth of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

On Vesak Day the Buddhist temples are decorated with flags and flowers. The devotees are expected to assemble in temples before dawn. The ceremonial rituals like hoisting the Buddhist flag and the bathing of the Lord Buddha are done. The monks chant the hymns of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings) and The Sangha (his disciples). In evening, various candlelit processions are organized in the streets.

Lord Buddha mentioned the only way to pay homage to Him by truly and sincerely following his teachings. So the sole aim of Vesak is to practice love, peace and harmony. On Vesak people generally perform noble deeds like making donations to charity, organize blood donation camps, distribute gifts and food to poor and needy, release the captured animals, take vegetarian food etc.

Vesak Day / Buddha's Birthday Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • May 19, 2008
  • Sat
  • May 09, 2009
  • Fri
  • May 28, 2010
  • Tue
  • May 17, 2011
  • Sat
  • May 05, 2012
  • Fri
  • May 24, 2013
  • Tue
  • May 13, 2014
  • Mon
  • Jun 01, 2015
  • Sat
  • May 21, 2016
  • Wed
  • May 10, 2017
  • Tue
  • May 29, 2018
  • Sun
  • May 19, 2019

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Singapore in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 05, 2019Feb 05Chinese New Year
WednesdayWedFeb 06, 2019Feb 062nd day of Chinese New Year
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Good Friday
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2019May 01Labour Day
SundaySunMay 19, 2019May 19Vesak Day
MondayMonMay 20, 2019May 20Vesak Day Holiday
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05Hari Raya Puasa
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09National Day
SundaySunAug 11, 2019Aug 11Hari Raya Haji
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12Hari Raya Haji Holiday
SundaySunOct 27, 2019Oct 27Deepavali / Diwali
MondayMonOct 28, 2019Oct 28Deepavali Holiday
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day