Singapore Buddhists bring their pets to temples on Vesak

On May 31, 2022, Buddhists celebrated the beginning of the month Ur Sar (Vesak holiday) - Buddha’s Birthday (Buddha Purnima), which is considered one of the main ones in the Buddhist calendar. It symbolizes the birth, enlightenment and departure into the Pari nirvana of Gautama Buddha. In different parts of the world, Buddhists call this triple holiday differently: Ur Sar in Kalmykia, Saga Dawa in Tibet, Vesak in India.

Buddha Shakyamuni - the spiritual teacher, the founder of Buddhism - is also called "Awakened" or "Enlightened". He was born in 623 and given the name of Siddhartha Gautama. Believers come to temples for solemn services to honour the memory of the great teacher.

This year, residents of Singapore not only decided to receive the blessing themselves, but also brought their pets with them. Among them were cats, dogs, rabbits, parrots and hamsters. It was clear that the pets were not frightened and calmly endured such an unusual event.