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Singapore Public Holidays - Year 2015


Singapore will have a total of thirteen(13) national public holidays in 2015#. For other special days celebrated but not officially gazetted, see Other Important Dates and Chinese Calendar (for Chinese customary festivals) links on left menu.
# An additional public holiday ("SG50 Public Holiday") was announced on 14 Mar 2015. On 25 Aug 2015, Singapore Parliament was dissolved and the Singapore General Election 2015 polling date was set at Friday, 11 Sep 2015 which was otherwise a working day. Under the law, the polling day of a general election is a public holiday.

This year, one(1) public holiday falls on a Sunday. There are two 'super-long' weekends during Chinese New Year and SG50 Jubilee Weekend / National Day, and seven(7) long weekends* (Good Friday, Labour Day, Vesak Day, Hari Raya Puasa, National Day, GE 2015 Polling Day and Christmas Day).
* A weekend(two days) with a preceding or succeeding official holiday, forming a continuous 3-day break.

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 2015 are listed below.






New Year's Day

Thursday, 1 January 2015

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

Thursday, 19 February 2015 (Day 1)
Friday, 20 February 2015 (Day 2)

For year 2015, the Chinese Lunar New Year starts on a Thursday leading to a 'super-long' weekend (Thursday to Sunday) holiday stretch. Gregorian year 2015 coincides mainly with the year of the Goat in the Chinese zodiac. The year before would be a Horse year, and the following year(2016) will be the year of the Monkey. The associated heavenly element (one of five) for the Chinese year coinciding mainly with Gregorian year 2015 is the Wood element in the Yin form.


Good Friday

Friday, 3 April 2015

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

Friday, 1 May 2015

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

Monday, 1 June 2015

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

Friday, 17 July 2015

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.


SG50 Public Holiday

Friday, 7 August 2015

On 14 March 2015, the Singapore Government announced a special holiday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence in year 2015. This special one-time holiday will extend the original Jubilee Weekend (8-10 August) to 7 to 10 August, stretching the special celebratory weekend to four days instead of the previous three. The announcement by Minister Heng Swee Keat, Chairman of SG50 Steering Committee highlighted that numerous special programmes and activities will be organised over the SG50 holiday and Jubilee Weekend across Singapore.


National Day

Sunday [1], 9 August 2015

9 August 2015 will mark a major milestone in the history and development of Singapore. This year, the nation celebrates its 50th year of independence with the formation of the Republic of Singapore in 1965. The momentous occasion will be marked by various projects and celebrations commemorating the history of Singapore's progress over the last fifty years.


General Election 2015 Polling Day

Friday, 11 September 2015

On 25 August 2015, President Tony Tan dissolved the Singapore Parliament and issued the Writ of Election. Nomination Day was set at 1 September 2015. The Election Department, under the Prime Minister's Office, then issued a gazette setting Polling Day (the day of voting) to be Friday, 11 September 2015. Under the law, Polling Day is a national holiday. All members of the public eligible to vote and able to are required to do so. See more


Hari Raya Haji

Thursday, 24 September 2015

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

Tuesday, 10 November 2015*

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 date of Deepavali (no change from earlier forecast) has been confirmed by the Hindu Endowments Board based on the updated Indian almanac.


Christmas Day

Friday, 25 December 2015

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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