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Singapore Public Holidays - Year 2020
Singapore will have a total of eleven(11) national public holidays in 2020. For other special days celebrated but not officially gazetted, see Other Important Dates and Chinese Calendar (for Chinese customary festivals) links in the menu.
See also the 2020 calendar.
This year, three(3) public holidays fall on Sundays. There are seven(7) long weekends*. The long weekends are over Chinese New Year, Good Friday, Labour Day, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji, National Day, and Christmas Day.
* A weekend(two days) with a preceding or succeeding holiday, forming a continuous 3-day break.
The official public holidays (bank holidays) in Singapore for year 2020 are as follows.
New Year's DayWednesday, 1 January 2020
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 YearSaturday , 25 January 2020 (Day 1)
Sunday , 26 January 2020 (Day 2)
Gregorian year 2020 coincides mainly with the year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. The following year(2021) will be the year of the Cow. The associated heavenly element (one of five) for the Chinese year coinciding mainly with Gregorian year 2020 is the Metal element in the Yang form.
Good FridayFriday, 10 April 2020
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 DayFriday, 1 May 2020
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 DayThursday, 7 May 2020
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 PuasaSunday , 24 May 2020
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.
Hari Raya HajiFriday, 31 July 2020
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).
National DaySunday , 9 August 2020
Singapore celebrates its 55th year of independence in 2020.
DeepavaliSaturday, 14 November 2020*
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.
* Since Year 2016, the exact date of Deepavali has been confirmed by the Hindu Endowments Board the year before. Prior to that, the date of Deepavali was subject to change and updated in the months of March/April of the year.
Christmas DayFriday, 25 December 2020
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.
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.
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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