Tian She Day (天赦日), translated as The Reparation & Eliminating Sins Day (赦罪消災).
In Taoist Culture, every Lunar Year, there are at least Six Tian She Day, each Season with at least Two Tian She Days fall on Two Special Days.
For Year 2012, the Dragon Year, the 1st Tian She Day of Summer falls on the 13rd Day of Leap Lunar 4 Month, which is on 2nd June, a Saturday. Honouring needed to be conducted facing the South Direction (面南而行大禮之).
The other Tian She Days of Lunar 2012 falls on the Dates as followed:
Spring: 26th Day of Lunar 2 Month (18 March, a Sunday) – face South East
Summer: 14th Day of Lunar 6 Month (01 Aug, a Wednesday) – face West
Autumn: 28th Day of Lunar 6 Month (15 Aug, a Wednesday) – in the Central
Autumn: 29th Day of Lunar 8 Month (14 Oct, a Sunday) – face South
Winter: 17th Day of Lunar 11 Month (29 Dec, a Saturday) – face North West
So when Tian She Day started?
According to Ancient Records, Tian She Day started far in Shang Dynasty (商朝) and had reached its peak in Song Dynasty (宋朝).
So what to do on Tian She Day?
As recorded and advised, on these Days, conducting of Official Taoist Chanting to Yu Huang Da Tian Zun (玉皇大天尊), San Guan Da Di (三官大帝), Dou Mu Yuan Jun & the Dippers (斗姆元君及眾星斗星君) or requesting for Forgiveness for the Pass-ons to Heavenly Lord Tai Yi (太乙救苦天尊), will be recommended.
Besides that, for those who are suffering for long-term illnesses and had yet to get cured, by making trips to Official Temples to pay respect to the various Deities and sincerely requesting for Forgiveness will help too.
For example of Honouring of San Guan Da Di, please refer to the individual write up in the following link:
So where can Oneself visit on Tian She Day?
In Singapore, there are a few Official Temples that conduct Tian She Day Honouring for Devotees:
1 – Yue Hai Qing Temple (粵海清廟) located at Phillip Street, CBD
2 – Tanjong Pagar Du Cheng Huang Temple (都城隍廟), located besides Tanjong Pagar MRT, CBD