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Public Holiday > Vesak Day

Vesak Day Holiday

2019 Vesak Day Holiday

Vesak day is known as the holy celebration for Buddhist. Every year, Vesak day is celebrated to commemorate the day Buddha was born and died. In Indonesia, Vesak day is decided based on the agreement made by World Fellowship of Buddhist (WFB). WFB is a world conference for Buddhist brotherhood.

The government of Indonesia has made Vesak day as a public holiday. On Vesak day, Buddhist in Indonesia will go to temples to have religious ceremonies. In Indonesia, Vesak day celebration is centered at the Borobudur temple in Central Java. Interestingly, tourists are allowed to come and watch the ceremony – which has attracted a high number of foreign tourists to Indonesia.

YearDateDayPublic Holiday
2019 19 May Sunday Vesak Day
20207 MayThursdayVesak Day

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Vesak day is made as Indonesian National Day based on the Presidential Decree No 3 the year 1983. In 2019, Vesak day will fall on 19 May. Unfortunately, 19 May is a Sunday. So, you wouldn't get an extra holiday on Vesak day.

Meanwhile, in 2020 Vesak day will fall on Thursday, 7 May. This means, there will be one day squeezed between weekdays and weekend which is the Friday. This would make an excellent opportunity to take some days off work. Magelang can be an excellent place to go during the Vesak celebration. Annually, the Vesak celebration in Borobudur temple is peaked by the release of thousands of lanterns towards the night sky which will be beautiful.  

Vesak day is a celebration to remember 3 important events

Among the Buddhist, Vesak day is also known as the Three-holy Vesak. The holy celebration is commemorating the 3 big events, which are: the born of Siddharta Gautama, someone who was born rich but stay to live simply. Even Gautama left his luxurious life to become a monk.

The second significant event is when Gautama turned into Buddha in Bodhgaya. After years of meditation, Gautama finally received the light of the God under a Bodhi tree. The last notable event was the death of Gautama when he was 80 years old. The cause of his death was said to be related to indigestion.

Differences of Vesak known as in various

Buddhist in Indonesia known this holy day as Waisak. However, Buddhist living in other countries might recognize this day with different names. For example, in Thailand Vesak is known as Visakah Puja. In Japan, Vesak is known as Hanamatsuri. Meanwhile, Koreans knew this day as the Seokka Tanshin-il.

In Myanmar, Vesak day is known as Kasone le-pyae Boda Nei which means Kason Full Moon day. In Tibet, the Buddhist recognize Vesak day as Saga Dawa.

Bird-release tradition

Every country has a different tradition for Vesak. Even then, there is one common tradition which is bird releases. On Vesak day, Buddhist will release birds off their cages. This tradition is believed to throw away bad luck and bring success into daily life.

Besides, this tradition will also bring luck for the bird sellers. A few kinds of birds released during Vesak day is doves and sparrows.

The release of thousands of lanterns in Borobudur

Vesak celebration in Indonesia is nationally centered in Borobudur temple. The procession is started by taking the water from Jumprit water springs in Temanggung sub-district. There is also a procession where a torch ignited from the eternal flame source in Mrapen, Grobogan. After that, the procession is followed by Pindapatta. In this ritual, Buddhist people are donating food funding to the monks to give the opportunity for a human to do some good.  

After that, Buddhist people will meditate until the full moon. The time of the full moon was decided by the astronomical calculation. This allows the full moon to show up at midday. On the other hand, the peak of the Vesak celebration in Borobudur temple is signed by the release of thousands of lanterns which will generally start at 9 p.m. onwards.

Vesak day is indeed a holy day for Buddhist people. In spite of that, people who are not celebrating can still use this moment to go on holiday with their loved ones. In 2019, Vesak day will fall on a Sunday, which works better for a short escape or a staycation.

Meanwhile, in 2020 Vesak day is an excellent opportunity to book your extended holiday. Vesak day will fall on a Thursday, so if you take Friday off that would be your long weekend sorted. While waiting for the holiday to come, always remember to check and note every public holiday to planning better.


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