"Vesak" Essays and Research Papers


Vesak is considered as both a religious and cultural festival in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated on the day of the full moon in May. Vesak Day is one of the biggest days of the year in the Buddhist calendar and is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. Buddhists commemorate the important events that took place in the life of Lord Buddha on this Vesak Full Moon Poya Day. First comes the birth of Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini in Nepal which took place under the arbor of Sat trees where queen Mahamaya...

Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, India 755  Words | 5  Pages

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Gautama Buddha and Buddha Quotes

WESAK Wesak also known as Vesak is a significant and crucial aspect of Buddhism that is celebrated widely by many different countries including Thailand, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The ritual Parinirvana celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death for both individuals and the greater Buddhist community. Buddha is celebrated in a variety of different ways from one country to another but has around 376 million adherents with identical significance of celebrating Buddha’s universal...

Buddhism, Dukkha, Four Noble Truths 1724  Words | 6  Pages

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Buddhist New Year that is celebrated in such countries as Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao. It typically starts on the first full moon day in January but it also depends on the country of origin or ethnic background. Buddhists also celebrate Vesak, which means Buddha Day and is a day to celebrate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and his death. Traditionally, it is said to all of these events happened on the same day of the calendar throughout his life. The celebration is conducted annually, usually...

Buddhahood, Buddhism, Gautama Buddha 1570  Words | 5  Pages

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Religious Field Research

held many celebrations at all due to their belief in suffering, however, “there are many special or holy days held throughout the year by the Buddhist community” (UrbanDharma.org, n.d.). The main celebration in Buddhism is Vesak on the first full moon day in May. The Vesak (Buddha Day) is the celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. The Buddhist New Year fluctuates according to the lunar calendar. It is typically held in late January or early February. Some of the other...

Buddhism, Dukkha, Four Noble Truths 1979  Words | 6  Pages

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Religion Buddhism Final Assignment

celebration of birth varies upon Buddhism. The Theravadin tradition consists of taking the newborn to a temple to be blessed. The new born is blessed by melting candle wax into a bowl, this symbolizes the union of earth, air, fire, water and sky. b. Vesak: Vesak is a celebration of Siddhartha Gautama. In some countries, they recognize this as the day of Siddhartha enlightenment and death. This celebration consists of decorating statues of the Buddha by reenacting scenes in his life, then set off fireworks...

Buddhism, Dharma, Gautama Buddha 1605  Words | 5  Pages

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Assignment 1 REL 212

monuments housing ashes or relics of the Buddha or popular disciples, are also important in many traditions. Generally, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists observe the first three holy days separately; Theravada Buddhists observe all three events on Vesak Day. These dates may vary slightly depending on the country of origin. In case of any doubt or issue regarding the observance dates, the Regional Chaplaincy Administrator is the one to contact. It has been the experience in the Bureau that the people...

Buddhism, Buddhism and Jainism, Gautama Buddha 883  Words | 5  Pages

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Self -Study

eat free meals every time politician came to talk to HAPE, may joyous frenzy regardless of Eid, al-Adha, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Thaipusam, moon cake festival, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, beginning sacred, nuzul Quran, Isra 'and Ascension, Vesak day, gawai day, day Malaysia, independence day, new year, birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, state sultan's birthday, day workers, teacher's day, mother's day, father's day, birthdays kengkawan, The first day the baby is born in your immediate...

Bidet, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 848  Words | 3  Pages

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Thought Provoking Questions

Visakah Puja ("Buddha Day") Traditionally, Buddha's Birthday is known as Visakah’s Puja (Buddha's Birthday Celebrations). Vesak is the major Buddhist festival of the year as it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on the one day, the first full moon day in May, except in a leap year when the festival is held in June. This celebration is called Vesak being the name of the month in the Indian calendar. 3) Songkran This Thai Buddhist festival goes on for several days during...

Gautama Buddha, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, India 1959  Words | 6  Pages

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Wesak Day

Wesak Day / Vesak Day 2013 Year | Date | Day | State | 2013 | 24 May | Friday | National | Wesak, also spelt Vesak, is a day celebrated by Buddhists around the world. The termVesak came from the name of a month in the Indian calendar. This is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar as it commemorates three significant events in Gautama Buddha’s life namely his birthday, enlightenment and his passing away. During this festival, devotees will bring offerings of flowers,...

Ananda, Buddhism, Gautama Buddha 1172  Words | 4  Pages

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Comparing Religions of the World

Gautama Siddhartha, in the fifth century, in Nepal. People that believe in Buddhism are called Buddhists. Buddhists have a ritual of Meditating to find inner peace, and they read the Tripitaka, the holy book of Buddhism. Buddhists celebrate Hanamatsuri, Vesak, Band the Bodhi Day. They believe in the Four Noble Truths: life is suffering, suffering is due to attachment, attachment can be overcome, and there is a path for accomplishing this. Taoism originated in Eastern China, and was founded by Lao-Tse...

Buddhism, Christianity, Gautama Buddha 510  Words | 2  Pages

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Singapore Culture

diffusion with its unique combination of these ethnic groups, and has given Singapore a rich mixture of diversity for its young age Festivals The major public holidays reflect the mentioned racial diversity, including Chinese New Year, Buddhist Vesak Day, Muslim Eid ul-Fitr (known locally by its Malay name Hari Raya Puasa), and Hindu Diwali (known locally by its Tamil name Deepavali). Christians constitute a large minority, and Christmas Day, Good Friday, and New Year's Day are also public holidays...

Buddhism, Eid ul-Fitr, Ethnic group 397  Words | 2  Pages

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Exploratory Essay

sickness and desperation the darhma which is the words and teachings of the Buddha are read to help ride the body, mind, and soul of patients. Buddha’s teachings are used to empower and protect those who are in need of spiritual enlightenment. The Vesak festival, which is noted as being the most important Buddhist festival, is a celebration of the Buddha’s birth death and enlightenment which is said to have all taken place on the same day. This day is widely celebrated by the entire religion and...

Baptism, Buddhism, Christianity 1124  Words | 6  Pages

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Compare and contrast Buddhism and Hinduism

Europe to conduct retreats to train and spread the teachings of the Buddha. As Buddhism has evolved into different variations throughout the world, many of its rituals and festivals are no longer celebrated in the same way. During the festival of Vesak in Sri Lanka, thousands of insects, birds and other animals are released into the wild to show the unwillingness of the Buddhists to unwillingly imprison or torture any being. In early April, the Japanese Buddhists celebrate Hana Matsuri (Shakyamuni...

Buddhism, Dharma, Dukkha 1318  Words | 4  Pages

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Tourism and Culture

traditional practices and culture of the different ethnic groups. They can also bring back souvenirs There are also many cultural festivals and events which takes place in Singapore. For example, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Mid-Autumn Festival, Vesak Day and Hari Raya Haji. This is an authentic experience of culture for tourists as Singapore is one of the very few countries which comprises of a cosmopolitan culture and celebrates the vibrant cultures of both the majority and minor ethnic groups...

Culture, Ethnic group, Globalization 1543  Words | 5  Pages

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Gautama Buddha

connect it to its heritage which stretches back 2500 years ago. It is a joyous time for all and reinstates the tradition and beliefs of the adherents, which can be attained through its ongoing practices and teachings. Eddy Woodburne-Hughes Vesak SOR1 Year 12 Regina Mundi Mrs Parsons -------------------------------------------- [ 1 ]. Page 264 Oxford Studies of Religion [ 2 ]. Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught with Texts from Suttas & Dhammapada [ 3 ]. http://www.buddhaday...

Bodhi, Buddhism, Dharma 1275  Words | 4  Pages

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Buddhism Essay

Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. In Mahayana countries, the New Year usually starts on the first full moon day in January, and Tibetan Buddhists generally celebrate it in March Also There is Buddha Day (Vesak) This day is the birthday of Buddha and is the most important holiday of Buddhism On the first full moon day in May, Buddhists all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha in a single day. Another holiday celebrated...

Bodhi, Buddhism, Dukkha 1062  Words | 3  Pages

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The Role of Youth in Realising the Dreams of Dr. Kalam

solar New Year. In fact, this day is celebrated all over the country as New Year day, under different names.[citation needed] Apart from the Sikhs and Hindus, Baisakhi is an important day for the Buddhists as well. The name is Vesakha, Vaisakha, Vesak or Wesak. It commemorates the Birth, the Awakening and the Enlightened Passing Away of Buddha Gautama who was born as prince Siddharta. The festival occurs on the full moon day of May and has no connections with either harvest festivals or New Year's...

Earth Day, Environmental movement, Environmentalism 2136  Words | 6  Pages

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treats. Like the other festivals, Deepavali is one of Singapore's national festivals that help promote goodwill, understanding and harmony among the people. VESAK DAY The Buddhists observe Vesak Day, which denotes perfection and commemorates the birth, enlightenment and Nirvana (liberation from earthly passions and desires) of the Buddha. Vesak falls on the full moon day in the fifth month of the year. The occasion is marked by chanting, recitations and offerings at shrines; the ritualistic bathing...

Economy of Singapore, Parliament of Singapore, Singapore 6178  Words | 18  Pages

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An Island Rich of Cultural Diversity

night the temples are crowded with devotees bringing flowers and offerings to Lord Buddha. Vesak is a joyous occasion and is celebrated with verve and imagination. There are many striking decorations in the street including Vesak paper lanterns of different shapes and sizes, and the thousands of little clay coconut oil lamps. Those decorations flicker throughout the island. Sinhala and Tamil New Year Vesak 6 The Esala Perahera in Kandy This is one of the most glamorous cultural processions...

Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka 2937  Words | 12  Pages

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„The Role of the Students in Removing Illiteracy.‟

and Tamil New Year Day *†# April Friday Additional Bank Holiday † April Bak Full Moon Poya Day (commemorates the second visit of The Buddha to Sri Lanka) *†# 1 May Thursday May Day *†# May Vesak Full Moon Poya Day (The Buddhist calendar begins) *†# May Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day *†# June Poson Full Moon Poya Day (Commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka) *†# July Esala Full Moon Poya Day (Commemorates the deliverance of the first sermon to...

History of Sri Lanka, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Northern Province, Sri Lanka 2901  Words | 12  Pages

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Lenovo in Singapore

population, while most Indians are Hindus, constituting 7%. There is also a sizable number of Muslims and Sikhs in the Indian population. Festivals—The major public holidays reflect the mentioned racial diversity, including Chinese New Year, Buddhist Vesak Day, Muslim Eidul-Fitr , and Hindu Diwali. Christians constitute a large and rapidly growing minority, and Christmas Day, Good Friday, and New Year’s Day are also public holidays. 3.3 Economic environment (1) Per capita GDP value &Total GDP:...

ASEAN, ASEAN–China Free Trade Area, Free trade 2265  Words | 8  Pages

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Conserving Chinese Opera in Singapore

and its location in an earthquake zone. According to UNESCO's book Borobudur: the conquest of time, if Borobudur was to survive, it would require a "thorough and massive rescue operation". Every year, Buddhists still visit Borobudur to celebrate Vesak day. 1.3 Strategies and lessons learnt 1) The first strategy that led to Borobudur's successful conservation was the fact that it had recognition and support from higher authorities, such as the Indonesian government and UNESCO. The Indonesian government...

Music, Opera, Overseas Chinese 3639  Words | 12  Pages

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Organization Behavior

thirty minutes. * Each customer is being received politely and as for inquiries through phone calls, they answered quite well (even when I asked a few silly questions.) * Both banks have award ceremonies and talent shows, celebrations for Avrudu, Vesak and Christmas as well. The HNB specially gives awards to employees who have served for 25 years in the bank. * Employees are given rewards and are taken on trips. * Dress codes are the same for both banks, with a smart casual day every Friday. These...

Employment, Leadership, Management 3681  Words | 10  Pages

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REL212 Weekly World View Chart 1

significant celebration happens every May on the night of the full moon, when Buddhist all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. It has become to be known as Buddha Day. Example: Buddhist New Year, Vesak, Magha Puja Day etc. Week 4 Daoism and Confucianism DAOISM: Formed c. 550 B.C.E. Origin China Followers 20,000,000 Deity Pantheistic Sacred Texts Zhuangzi, Daode Jing, Yi Jing Headquarters White Cloud Temple, Beijing, China CONFUCIANISM: Confucianism...

Christianity, God, God in Christianity 5382  Words | 17  Pages

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Introduction to Singapore

the world. Major holidays include: E.g. there are the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated 2 days from the 2nd new moon after the 22nd January, National Day the Independence Day from Malaysian federation which takes place the 9th of August and the Vesak where Buddists celebrate birth, enlightenment and the death of Buddah. In addition there are several holidays they have in common with the USA e.g. Christmas, Easter, New Year's Eve or Labor Day on the 1st of May. (Sources (2) – (5)) 3 Etiquette ...

Chinese Singaporean, Education in Singapore, Malays in Singapore 4535  Words | 14  Pages

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The Challenges to Bring Petronas Logo as a Corporate Identity Into Global Market

expect there to be a wide range of religious festivals. PETRONAS has always seized such opportunities to contact the communities through tailor-made advertisements on the occasions of Christmas, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, the Chinese New Year, and Vesak Day. These advertisements have created tremendous and indelible impacts in the hearts of the communities concerned. Such forms of advertisement, offering good wishes to the various communities continue to be the talk of Malaysia for months afterwards...

Brand, Brand equity, Brand management 4124  Words | 14  Pages

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Too Chains

Path, 4 Noble Truths, 5 Precepts Christianity: 10 Commandments, 8 Beatitudes Judaism: 10 Commandments Islam: Shariah Law (Qu'ran, Hadith, Sunna), 5 Pillars Sikhism: 5 K's Festivals Hinduism: Holi, Diwali Buddhism: Dharma Day, Vesak, Perahera Christianity: Christmas, Advent, Easter, Lent Judaism: Pesach, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hannukah Islam: Eid-Al-Fitr, Eid-Al-Adha Sikhism: Morals/Ethics Hinduism: Karma, Dharma, Ahimsa (non-violence) Buddhism: Karma...

Bible, Buddhism, Gautama Buddha 7209  Words | 30  Pages

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only my skin, sinews, and bones remain, and my blood and flesh dry up and wither away, yet will I never stir from this seat until I have attained full enlightenment. Gautama at the age of thirty-five, on another full moon of May (vesàkha, vesak), attained Supreme Enlightenment by comprehending in all their fullness the Four Noble Truths The Spread of the Dharma After his enlightenment, he went to the Deer Park near the holy city of Banares and shared his new understanding with five...

Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Gupta Empire 6218  Words | 22  Pages

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Chapter 4BuddhismLearning ObjectivesAfter Reading This Chapter

usually quite welcoming toward visitors. If your area has such festivals, participate in one and make notes (or photos or a video) on what you see as Buddhist influences on the festivities. Theravada Buddhists (Thai, Laotian, Cambodian) keep Vesak in May with religious services and community celebrations. Tibetans celebrate their New Year with religious celebrations of several days. Japanese frequently go to a temple on New Year’s Eve and remember their deceased with O-Bon dances in summer....

Bodhisattva, Buddhism, Gautama Buddha 7074  Words | 22  Pages

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Eatting Well

vegetarians. Baisakhi Day in April celebrates the new year and is the day Sikhs are baptised into their faith. Buddhist Strict Buddhists are vegetarians and their dishes vary since many live in India and China, where available foods will be different. Vesak in May is the festival to celebrate the life of the Buddha. Vegetarian Lacto-ovo Vegetarians eat dairy foods and eggs as well as plant foods. They do not eat the following; • Meat • Poultry • Fish Ovo-Vegetarians eat only eggs and plant...

Allergology, Allergy, Asthma 10177  Words | 32  Pages

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Hue City

Buddhist villages. Discontent with Diem exploded into mass protest in Huế during the summer of 1963 when nine Buddhists died at the hand of Diem's army and police on Vesak, the birthday of Gautama Buddha. In May 1963, a law against the flying of religious flags was selectively invoked; the Buddhist flag was banned from display on Vesak while the Vatican flag was displayed to celebrate the anniversary of the consecration of Archbishop Ngo Dinh Thuc, Diem's brother. The Buddhists defied the ban and a...

Gia Long, Huế, Nguyễn Dynasty 23259  Words | 67  Pages

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Human Resource

workers they are to work only 12 hours daily and do not exceed 44 hours per week over a continous 3 week period. Holiday/Medical leave entitlement Gazetted Singapore public holiday are New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Good Friday, Labour Day, Vesak Day, National Day, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali, Hari Raya Haji and Christmas Day. Medical leave entitlement is deemed on the length of period an employee in the company. The medical certificates need to be certified by either approved public medical...

Employment, Employment contract, Human resource management 8899  Words | 34  Pages

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REL212 Weekly World View Chart 2

through meditation. after death one is either reborn into another body (reincarnated) or enters nirvana Nirvana is only achieved by those that reach enlightenment Meditation Mantras Mudras Prayer wheels Buddhist New Year Buddha's Birthday is known as Vesak or Visakah Puja Songkran-(essentially a cleansing of life by cleaning homes and washing clothes etc.) The Ploughing Festival(May, when the moon is half-full, two white oxen pull a gold painted plough, followed by four girls dressed in white who scatter...

God, Hebrew calendar, Judaism 11747  Words | 53  Pages

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Unit 6 Nvq3

Nirvana Day is celebrated on 15th February. It celebrates the death of the Buddha when he reached total Nirvana (perfect peace). Some Buddhists meditate. Some Buddhists celebrate this festival by taking food and presents to monasteries. Wesak or Vesak (Buddha Day) is on the first full moon in May and celebrates the Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment and death. It is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. Many Buddhists visit the temples early, clean their homes and decorate them, and give...

Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam 11119  Words | 39  Pages

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Relgion 133 Version 3

Festival Many Buddhist festivals developed out of earlier seasonal festivals, and there are variations from country to country. However, Buddhists in most country celebrate the day of the full moon in the ‘rains’ month, known in Theravada countries as Vesak (Sanskrit Vaishakha). (In English-speaking countries this festival is often called ‘Buddha Day’.) According to Buddhist tradition, three major events in the life of Shakyamuni occurred on that day: his birth, his enlightenment, and his passing (parinirvana)...

Bodhi, Buddhism, Four Noble Truths 29552  Words | 86  Pages

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Vietnam war

nine majority Buddhists who were protesting against the ban on the Buddhist flag on Vesak, the Buddha's birthday. This resulted in mass protests against discriminatory policies that gave privileges to the Catholic Church and its adherents. Diệm's elder brother Ngô Đình Thục was the Archbishop of Huế and aggressively blurred the separation between church and state. Thuc's anniversary celebrations shortly before Vesak had been bankrolled by the government and Vatican flags were displayed prominently...

Cold War, First Indochina War, Geneva Conference 30117  Words | 97  Pages

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Dhammacakka Pavattana Sutta

Pavattana Sutta (S 56.11), is strangely “tucked away almost inconspicuously” in the Sacca Saṁyutta (S:B 1520), and which centres around the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path (which are teaching 4 Visākha Pjā, also “Buddha day,” “Vesak day” (Singapore), “Wesak day” (Malaysia) (traditionally said to be on the fullmoon day of May), commemorates the Buddha’s nativity, awakening and parinirvana. Māgha Pja is often called “sangha day”: see Dīgha,nakha S (M 74), SD 16.1 (5). 5 (S 56...

Buddhism, Dukkha, Four Noble Truths 15250  Words | 71  Pages

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Business in Singapore

(one day’s salary for half a day’s work and two days’ salary for more than half a day’s work). All employees are entitled to the 11 gazetted public holidays, which are: § New Year’s Day § Chinese New Year (2 days) § Good Friday § Labour Day § Vesak Day § National Day § Hari Raya Puasa § Hari Raya Haji § Deepavali § Christmas Day DOING BUSINESS IN SINGAPORE 35 An employer can choose to compensate an employee who has worked on a holiday by either crediting him or her with a day’s...

Bank, Business, Companies law 30748  Words | 104  Pages

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Consumer Lifestyle in Singapore

three main ethnic groups: Chinese, Malays and Indians. Public holidays reflect the various religious and ethnic communities in the country. In total, there are 11 major public holidays in Singapore, including the Chinese New Year, the Buddhist holiday Vesak Day, the Muslim holidays Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji, and the Hindu holiday Deepavali. Christians are also a significant group, and Christmas Day and Good Friday are public holidays. The Chinese New Year is an important festival for the Chinese;...

College, Education, High school 35706  Words | 113  Pages

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social reformers

pregnant, she left Kapilvastu for her father's kingdom to give birth. However, her son is said to have been born on the way, at Lumbini, in a garden beneath a sal tree. The day of the Buddha's birth is widely celebrated in Theravada countries as Vesak. Buddha's birth anniversary holiday is called "Buddha Poornima" in India as Buddha is believed to have been born on a full moon day. Various sources hold that the Buddha's mother died at his birth, a few days or seven days later. The infant was given...

Ananda, Buddhism, Gautama Buddha 76239  Words | 217  Pages

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