Wesak Day marks the three major events in Buddha’s life, namely his birth, his enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana. The commemoration of these events on Wesak Day usually begins at dawn at Buddhist temples throughout the country. Devotees gather to meditate on the Eight Precepts. Monks in saffron colored robes chant the sutras in unison. A candle procession is the highlight of the celebration, and at the same time, offerings of prayers, joss sticks, and incense, giving food to the needy and donations are also made. Much to the delight of all devout Buddhists (and those non-celebrating as well), Wesak Day is considered one of the national public holidays in Malaysia and Singapore. Wesak Day is celebrated on the Sunday that is closest to May’s full moon.
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