Are you eager to know the list of public holidays for 2013 in Singapore? Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released a statement on the official Singapore public holidays 2013. With the below list of eleven public holidays for 2013 in Singapore, plan your visit to meet your family and friends and have an enjoyable year ahead.
Holiday Date Weekday:
New Year’s Day 1st January 2013 Tuesday
Chinese New Year 10th February 2013 Sunday
11th February 2013 Monday
Good Friday 29th March 2013 Friday
Labor Day 1st May 2013 Wednesday
Vesak Day 24th May 2013 Friday
Hari Raya Puasa 8th August 2013 Thursday
National Day 9th August 2013 Friday
Hari Raya Haji 15th October 2013 Tuesday
Deepavali 3rd November 2013 Sunday
Christmas Day 25th December 2013 Wednesday
New Year 2013:
New Year’s Day is celebrated on the first day of every year according to Gregorian calendar, to bid farewell to the last year and to welcome a fresh year with lot of hope.
Chinese New year 2013:
Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is one of the famous traditional Chinese holidays and the festival begins on the first day of the first month in Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th day which is on the Lantern festival.
Good Friday 2013:
Good Friday or Holy Friday is a Christian religious holiday remembering the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Labor Day 2013:
Labor Day is to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.
Vesak Day 2013:
Buddhism is practiced in many Asian countries and this Vesak Day is to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
Hari Raya Puasa 2013:
Hari Raya Puasa or Eid al Fitr is to celebrate the end of the Islamic fasting month ramadan.
National Day 2013:
National Day is to celebrate the independence of Singapore.
Hari Raya Haji 2013:
Hari Raya Haji or Festival of Sacrifice is an Islamic religious holiday to memorialize the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael to Allah.
Deepavali or the Festival of Lights is a five day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism celebrated between mid-October and mid-November.
Christmas is a Christian public holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Some public holidays falls on a Friday, Sunday or Monday which in addition gives one or two days off and gives a long weekend.
Since Chinese New Year falls on Sunday (10th Feb 2013) and Monday (11th Feb 2013), the next weekday which is Tuesday (12th Feb 2013) will be an additional public holiday.
Deepavali falls on Sunday (3rd Nov 2013) and this date will have to be checked against the Indian Almanac when it becomes available. If there is no change to the date, then Monday (4th Nov 2013) will be an additional public holiday. If there is a change in date, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will issue a media release to announce the change.
Long weekends List
Chinese New Year 2013:
Days- off: 4 days (From 9th Feb 2013- 12th Feb 2013)
Good Friday 2013:
Days- off: 3 days (From 29th Mar 2013 – 31st Mar 2013)
Vesak Day 2013:
Days- off: 3 days (From, 24th May 2013- 26th May 2013)
Hari Raya Puasa 2013 –Singapore National Day 2013:
Days-off: 4 days (From 8th Aug 2013 –11th Aug 2013)
Days-off: 3 days (From 2nd Nov 2013 – 4th Nov 2013)
These long weekends gives a chance of better tourism for all Singaporeans and foreigners working in Singapore, reducing the chances of taking days off from their annual leave entitlement. According to the Employment Act, for the employees who wish or have to work on public holidays are entitled to an extra day’s salary in addition to the gross rate of pay for that holiday or the employee might substitute a public holiday for any other day. For more information on Public holiday provisions under the Employment Act, please refer to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website
Note: The above listed public holidays are specific for 2013 only. The public holiday dates changes every year as they are calculated on religious calendar or lunar calendar.
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