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Public holidays in Singapore commemorate 10 separate events and festivals important to the people of the nation, seven of the holidays being religious in nature, while the other three are “secular.”
The statute that officially defines Singapore’s public holidays is the Holidays Act 1998 (revised 1999). This Act codifies how holidays are determined each year. It is a short Act and worth reading, however a few stand out sections include:
- Section 4(2): “Subject to the provisions of this Act, if any day specified in the Schedule falls on a Sunday, the day next following not being itself a public holiday is declared a public holiday in Singapore.”
- Section 5(2): Where in any year 2 public holidays fall on the same day, the President may, by notification in the Gazette, declare any day in that year to be observed as an additional «public holiday.
Employee / Employer rights and responsibilities
In addition to the Holidays Act, the other key statute related to public holidays is the Employment Act 1968 (revised 2009). Section 88 of this Act defines the rights and responsibilities of employers and employers with regard to holidays, including holiday pay entitlements and substituting holidays for alternate days off.
The dates below are the official dates released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on 8 April 2014.
|1 Jan||Thurs||New Year's Day|
|19 Feb||Thurs||Chinese New Year|
|20 Feb||Fri||Chinese New Year
|3 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|1 May||Fri||Labour Day|
|1 Jun||Mon||Vesak Day|
|17 Jul||Fri||Hari Raya Puasa|
|7 Aug||Fri||SG50 Public Holiday|
|9 Aug||Sun||National Day|
|10 Aug||Mon||National Day
|24 Sep||Thurs||Hari Raya Haji|
|25 Dec||Fri||Christmas Day|
The dates below are the official dates released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on 12 May 2015.
|1 Jan||Fri||New Year's Day|
|8 Feb||Mon||Chinese New Year|
|9 Feb||Tues||Chinese New Year
|25 Mar||Fri||Good Friday|
|1 May||Sun||Labour Day|
|2 May||Mon||Labour Day (Observed)|
|21 May||Sat||Vesak Day|
|6 Jul||Wed||Hari Raya Puasa|
|9 Aug||Tues||National Day|
|12 Sep||Mon||Hari Raya Haji|
|25 Dec||Sun||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day (Observed)|