Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Singapore. Please scroll down to view the list.
What are public holidays?
Public holidays are special opportunities to relax. They’re gifts Singaporeans get every couple of months – a day or two off work without having to burn any annual leave.
What makes these public holidays even better is how they can be mixed with a weekend – and even a day or two of precious annual leave – to create a heavenly long weekend! These long weekends are really where the magic happens.
A three-day or four-day weekend is all the time you need for a memorable adventure. It’s enough time to grab a hire car and road-trip it to Malaysia, or fly to nearby destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam and Australia. It’s all the time you need to secure your space at the beach and 100% chill with friends.
That’s why we exist: to help you start planning to make the most of your public holidays this year and next year. We’re your trusted resource for holiday dates, and inspiration for just some of the local places you can make your destination.
The meaning behind public holidays
Public holidays serve another purpose, too. They remind us of our shared and evolving identity. Some of the public holidays such as Labour Day or National Day may not mean that much to you, but they are milestones that – every 365 days – recall the people who came before us and built the nation we call home.
The meaning of public holidays is not set in stone. Each of us gives our official public holidays meaning as we invest time in thinking about them and debating them, celebrating, commemorating or ignoring them.
Here’s the cool thing: Some of the most valuable days for our society to remember are not even official public holidays. World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day and World Teachers’ Day are not days-off, but they are days we should each make the most of to help tell others about important issues at home and abroad.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to make the most of your public holidays!
Note: information about laws and regulations related to public holidays is viewable below the 2017 national list.
Public Holidays 2017
The dates below are the official dates released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year's Day
|28 Jan||Sat||Chinese New Year|
|29 Jan||Sun||Chinese New Year
|30 Jan||Mon||Chinese New Year
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|1 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|10 May||Wed||Vesak Day|
|25 Jun||Sun||Hari Raya Puasa|
|26 Jun||Mon||Hari Raya Puasa|
|9 Aug||Wed||National Day|
|1 Sep||Fri||Hari Raya Haji|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
Laws and regulations
Singapore celebrates 11 national holidays each year. National holidays are governed under the Employment Act of Singapore and enforced by the Ministry of Manpower. The Ministry of Manpower is given the authority to create one time national holidays and to petition the government for new holidays under these laws.
Under the Employment Act, employers must provide their employees with a paid day off for all national holidays. If an employee must work on a national holiday because of their job position, the law requires that they receive double their usual hourly rate for every hour worked. Employment contracts may provide a paid day off in lieu of the double time, but this option is rarely used.
A majority of the holidays celebrated in Singapore are based on different religious beliefs. Many of these holidays occur on different dates each year because they are based on different calendars and the lunar cycle. The Ministry of Manpower will release the official holiday dates towards the end of each year for the following year.
Christian holidays that use the lunar cycle are based off of the Gregorian calendar. Muslim holidays based off of the lunar cycle in Singapore are calculated by the Majlis Ugama Islam lunar visibility criteria. Hindu holidays are based off of the Hindu lunar calendar. If more than one holiday occurs on the same date because of lunar calculations, an additional holiday is given to replace it and to eliminate “bad luck.”
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Singapore has a very diverse population containing people from all over the world. There are many cultures and religions that are practiced in Singapore. Each of these religions have their own holidays and celebrations. The government of Singapore recognise these holidays but does not acknowledge them as national events.
It should be noted that many cultures live in communities that basically contain all the same culture or religious preference. In these communities there may be holidays that are celebrated that are not recognised by the government. Business owners in these communities have the option to provide days off for these events if they desire. However, these events are not nationally recognised.