Singapore is a nice country and massive city that will be ideal as a destination for a rather short time. But visiting during public holidays is actually not a good idea because many public facilities will be closed and many people will spend time with their families either visiting favorite tourist destination like Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay or just shopping in Orchard are. In a total, Singapore has 11 public holidays officially announced by Singapore Ministry of Manpower. In Singapore’s holiday table, many of the holidays are related to religious events. That means that there might be changes on the dates of public holidays especially when the dates need to be checked with the special calendar such as Deepavali that must be checked against Indian Almanac.
If holidays fall on Friday, Sunday or Monday, there will be one or two days added and create a long holiday weekend. The long weekend is the favorite of people in Singapore to take holiday and maybe a holiday trip to the neighboring countries. But that doesn’t mean that Singapore will be empty because retail business and other public facilities will still be opened by demand.
Friday, 1st January 2016
New Year Day. A day to celebrate New Year. It is holiday in most of countries around the world. If you are in Singapore at this time, you could stand by at Marina Bay area to see Marina Bay new year count down. You can also go to Siloso Beach to join hundreds of people partying at the beach.
Monday, 8th February – Tuesday 9th February 2016
Chinese New Year. New Year according to Chinese lunar calendar.
Friday 25th March 2016
Good Friday and Easter. Celebration of Easter, Jesus Christ resurrection.
Monday, 2nd May 2016
Labor Day. International day to celebrate workers’ achievement. Normally, it falls on 1st May, but it is celebrated on Monday because 1st May falls on Sunday.
Saturday, 21st May 2016
Vesak Day. The holy Buddhist day to commemorate, the birth, enlighten and death of Siddhārtha Gautama or Gautama Buddha.
Wednesday, 6th July 2016
Hari Raya Puasa – Eid al-Fitr. An Islamic feast and celebration after one month of fasting.
Tuesday, 9th August 2016
Singapore National Day. A day for Singapore’s commemoration of independence.
Monday, 12th September 2016
Hari Raya Haji – Eid al-Adha. Islamic feast of sacrifice – the date of the feast may still be changed according to moon sighting.
Saturday, 29th October 2016
Deepavali or Diwali. A Hindu festival to celebrate the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha.
Monday, 26th December 2016
Christmas Day. Celebrating day for Jesus Christ’s birth. The same with labor day, 25th December is the real date, but it falls on Sunday, so it is celebrated on Monday.
This 2016 Singapore Public Holidays Calendar template is editable. You can put additional date marker if you want to add your own holidays, or if you want to plan your long weekend vacation and take some days off from your works. It requires Microsoft Word to edit it.
2016 Calendar with Singapore Public Holiday (135.3 KiB, 505 hits)