Of the eleven public holidays in Singapore three are secular and eight are religious. While the secular holidays always fall on the same day, the religious holidays are based on the Chinese, Islamic and Indian lunar calendars.
Singapore´s 2013 holiday calendar allows for five long weekends, including two four-day-weekends:
- Feb 9-12, 2013 – As Chinese New Year falls on Sunday 10 February and Monday 11 February 2013, the next day, Tuesday 12 February 2013, will be a public holiday.
- Aug 8-11, 2013 – Hari Raya Puasa on Thursday 8 August is followed by National Day which allows for the second four-day weekend.
Below is the official Singapore public holiday calendar for 2013 as announced by the Ministry of Manpower.
|New Year’s Day
The first day of the new year on the Gregorian Calendar.
|–||Chinese New Year
The most important day on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Celebration of the social and economic accomplishments of workers.
Buddhist holiday commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
|Hari Raya Puasa
Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
National holiday to celebrate Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965.
|Hari Raya Haji
Feast of Sacrifice is the most important holiday of the Muslim calendar.
The Festival of Lights is one of the most important festivals on the Hindu calendar.
Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Please note that the dates for holidays based on the lunar calendar may be adjusted during the year.