Singapore Public Holidays - Year 2014


Singapore will have a total of eleven(11) national public holidays in 2014. For other special days celebrated but are not officially gazetted, see Other Important Dates and Chinese Calendar (for Chinese customary festivals) links on left menu.

This year, one(1) public holiday falls on a Sunday. There are four(4) long weekends comprising three consecutive days of official holidays (Chinese New Year, Good Friday, Hari Raya Puasa, and Hari Raya Haji)

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 while others work on an alternating-Saturday schedule.

The official public holidays (bank holidays) in Singapore for year 2014 are listed below.



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New Year's Day

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

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.


Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year

Friday, 31 January 2014 (Day 1)
Saturday, 1 February 2014 (Day 2)

For year 2014, the Chinese Lunar New Year starts on a Friday leading to a long weekend (Friday to Sunday) holiday stretch. Gregorian year 2014 coincides mainly with the year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac. The year before would be a Snake year, and the following year(2015) will be the year of the Goat. The associated heavenly element (one of five) for the Chinese year coinciding mainly with Gregorian year 2014 is the Wood element in the Yang form.


Good Friday

Friday, 18 April 2014

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


Labour Day

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Labour Day is also commonly known as May Day in Singapore because it is commemorated in on the 1st day of the month of May. This is a gazetted holiday in recognition of workers' contribution to the progress and prosperity of Singapore.


Vesak Day

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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. Vesak Day (or Wesak as it is knowned in some other countries such as Malaysia) is a gazetted public holiday in multi-religious Singapore.


Hari Raya Puasa

Monday, 28 July 2014

Hari Raya Puasa is the local Malay name for the Muslim religious holiday/celebration of Eid al-Fitr (or Aidil-fitri) which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.


National Day

Saturday, 9 August 2014

9 August 2014 will mark the 49th year of independence for the Republic of Singapore.


Hari Raya Haji

Sunday [1], 5 October 2014

Hari Raya Haji is the local Malay name for the Muslim religious holiday/celebration of Eid al-Adha. It is held to honour the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim(Abraham) to sacrifice his young son Ismail(Ishmael) in submission to Allah(God).


Deepavali

Wednesday, 22 October 2014*

Deepavali, also known as Diwali and, popularly, the Festival of Lights, is an Indian holiday/festival celebrated by Indians, especially by adherents of Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism.

* The new date of Deepavali has been confirmed to be 22 October (vice 23 October) by the Hindu Endowments Board based on the updated Indian almanac.


Christmas Day

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Singapore, with a substantial percentage of the population being of the Christian and Catholic faiths, celebrates this important day as a gazetted national holiday. With an increasing trend of commercialization of this religiously significant season, many Singaporeans(known for their love of shopping), Christians and non-Christians alike, look forward to the December period for its retail sales bonanza as well. In the run-up to Christmas day itself, the Singapore tourism promotion board and retail stakeholders spare no effort to decorate and light up the well-known shopping belt Orchard Road.


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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