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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

The Republic of Singapore is a country located in Southeast Asia and is one of the few city-states in the world, being an island that consists of a singular city. 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.

Public Holidays 2016

The dates below are the official dates released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on 12 May 2015.

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
8 FebMonChinese New Year
9 FebTueChinese New Year
2nd Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
1 MaySunLabour Day
2 MayMonLabour Day
21 MaySatVesak Day
6 JulWedHari Raya Puasa
9 AugTueNational Day
12 SepMonHari Raya Haji
29 OctSatDeepavali
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonChristmas Day

Public Holidays 2017

The dates below are the official dates released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on 6 April 2016.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day
28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year
2nd Day
30 JanMonChinese New Year
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 MayWedVesak Day
25 JunSunHari Raya Puasa
26 JunMonHari Raya Puasa
9 AugWedNational Day
1 SepFriHari Raya Haji
18 OctWedDeepavali
25 DecMonChristmas Day