"Buddhists in Singapore and the world over celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha on Vesak Day, a time of joy, peace and reflection. Festivities for Vesak Day begin at the crack of dawn in Singapore, as devout Buddhists congregate at temples for a ceremony.
This is when the Buddhist flag is hoisted, and hymns are sung in praise of the Buddha, the Dharma (his teachings), and the Sangha (his disciples). Offerings of flowers, candles and joss sticks are also brought to the temples. The Statues of the Lord Buddha are illuminated, and the day often ends with candlelight processions through the streets.
Head to Phor Kark See Temple on Bright Hill Road for a peek at one such procession.
This is where you’ll see devotees practise the two-hour-long ‘three-step, one-bow’ ritual, taking steps on both knees, bowing at every third step as they pray for world peace, personal blessings and repentance."
Phor Kark See Temple, Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple