Singapore Public Holidays - Year 2012


Singapore will have a total of eleven(11) national public holidays in 2012. This is less than many other countries. For example, Malaysia has about sixteen(16) per annum, and Hong Kong has seventeen(17). Nevertheless, some additional culturally significant, albeit non-holiday, days may be celebrated according to the traditional customs of various ethnic and religious groups.

This year, two(2) holidays fall on Sundays and one falls on a Saturday(Vesak Day. There are four(4) long weekends(New Year's Day, Good Friday, Hari Raya Puasa, and Hari Raya Haji) and one 'super' long weekend(Chinese New Year)

The offical rest day of the week is Sunday[1]. Many companies and organizations also do not work on Saturdays[2], or work only 1/2 days with some on an alternating-Saturday schedule.

The official public holidays (bank holidays) in Singapore for year 2012 are listed below. You may also like to see these holidays marked out in the Singapore 2012 Calendar format.



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New Year's Day

Sunday [1], 1 January 2012

This is the first day of the year, and as with most other countries in the world which have adopted the Gregorian calendar, Singapore welcomes this day with a public rest day. As New Year's Day 2012 falls on a Sunday, the Monday following will be a public holiday.


Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year

Monday, 23 January 2012 (Day 1)
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 (Day 2)

For year 2012, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year falls on a Monday. This results in a 'super' long weekend of four continuous days of holidays. Gregorian year 2012 coincides mainly with the year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac. The year before would be that a Rabbit year, and the following year(2013) will be the year of the Snake. The associated heavenly element (one of five) for the Chinese year coinciding mainly with Gregorian year 2012 is the Water element in the Yang form.


Good Friday

Friday, 6 April 2012

Good Friday is the day Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is the Friday before Easter Day (Sunday) which itself is not a gazetted holiday in Singapore.


Labour Day

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

This is a holiday, celebrated worldwide, in recognition of workers' contribution. In Singapore, as with most countries, it is designated to be the first day of May. Labour Day is also commonly known as May Day in such countries.


Vesak Day

Saturday [2], 5 May 2012

Vesak Day is observed by Buddhists in Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and many other southeast Asian countries in memory of Gautama Buddha's birth, attainment of Nirvana and passing. This is a gazetted public holiday in Singapore.


National Day

Thursday, 9 August 2012

9 August 2012 will mark the 47th year of independence for the Republic of Singapore.


Hari Raya Puasa

Sunday [1], 19 August 2012

Hari Raya Puasa is the local Malay name for the Muslim religious holiday/celebration of Eid ul-Fitr (Aidilfitri), which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. As Hari Raya Puasa 2012 falls on a Sunday, the next day will be a public holiday.


Hari Raya Haji

Friday, 26 October 2012

Hari Raya Haji is the local Malay name for the Muslim religious holiday/celebration of Eid ul-Adha.


Deepavali

Tuesday, 13 November 2012*

Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is an Indian holiday/festival celebrated by Indians, especially by followers of the religions of Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also commonly called the Festival of Lights.

* The date of Deepavali has been finalised.


Christmas Day

Tuesday [1], 25 December 2012

Christmas is an important season for Christians and Catholics. And Singapore, with a substantial percentage of the population belonging to the faiths, celebrates this day as a national holiday. With an increasing trend of commercialization of this festival, many Singaporeans(known for their love of shopping), Christians and non-Christians alike, look forward to the season for its retail sales bonanza as well. In the run-up to the day, the Singapore tourism promotion board and retail stakeholders spare no effort to decorate and light up the well-known thoroughfare of Orchard Road, where many of the nation's biggest malls are located.


Notes:
[1]When a holiday falls on a Sunday(which is the conventional non-working day of the week), the following day will be designated a holiday as well.

[2]Some companies work 1/2 days or alternate 1/2 days on Saturdays, as such, a holiday falling on a Saturday may be credited to an employee's leave balance. Alternatively, some organizations mandate that the following Monday (or first working day of the following week) will be the make-up day for that holiday.

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