Vesak Day is observed by Buddhists and some Hindus in countries around the world. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha and reminds followers to practice love, peace, and harmony as the Buddha taught. Around a third of Singapore's population identifies as Buddhist, and typically many take part in Vesak Day celebrations. Vesak Day falls on Wednesday, May 26 this year and is a public holiday in Singapore. Read more.