Here’s the official list of 2021 Public Holidays in Singapore and how to maximise them to get 4 awesome long weekends.
Yay! Another piece of good news to cut through the slightly depressing headlines that have been flooding our newsfeed (since COVID-19 made landfall in Singapore). This is the official list of Singapore Public Holidays for 2021 according to the Ministry of Manpower.
2021 Singapore Public Holidays
|New Year’s Day||1 January 2021||Friday|
|Chinese New Year||12 February 2021||Friday|
|Chinese New Year||13 February 2021||Saturday|
|Good Friday||2 April 2021||Friday|
|Labour Day||1 May 2021||Saturday|
|Hari Raya Puasa||13 May 2021||Thursday|
|Vesak Day||26 May 2021||Wednesday|
|Hari Raya Haji||20 July 2021||Tuesday|
|National Day||9 August 2021||Monday|
|Deepavali||4 November 2021||Thursday|
|Christmas Day||25 December 2021||Saturday|
Although we’re in semi-lockdown, it doesn’t mean that our imagination has to be limited to the home or Singapore. If you’ve been talking about a trip with friends or family for the longest time, or are looking to sneak in a local staycation to recharge in 2021, this is the perfect time to get to it. Plan early and you’ll not only have more time to save up but also be able to snag cheaper airfares and accommodation deals—don’t let these 4 awesome long weekends in 2021 go to waste!
2021 Long Weekends
|Public holiday||Date and day||Long weekend dates||Total no. of days off||No. of annual leave required|
|New Year’s Day||1 January 2021, Friday||31 December 2020 to 3 January 2021, Thursday to Sunday||4||1
(31 December 2021)
|Chinese New Year||12 and 13 February 2021, Friday and Saturday||11 to 15 February 2021, Thursday to Monday||5||2
(11 and 15 February 2021)
|Good Friday||2 April 2021, Friday||1 to 5 April 2021, Thursday to Monday||5||2 (1 and 5 April 2021)|
|Hari Raya Puasa||13 May 2021, Thursday||13 to 16 May 2021, Thursday to Sunday||4||1
(14 May 2021)
|Vesak Day||26 May 2021, Wednesday||26 to 30 May 2021, Wednesday to Sunday||5||2
(27 and 28 May)
|Hari Raya Haji||20 July 2021, Tuesday||17 to 20 July 2021, Saturday to Tuesday||4||1
(19 July 2021)
|National Day||9 August 2021, Monday||6 to 9 August 2021, Friday to Monday||4||1
(6 August 2021)
|Deepavali||4 November 2021, Thursday||4 to 7 November 2021, Thursday to Sunday||4||1
(5 Nov 2021)
If you have 14 days of annual leave and maximise most 2021 public holidays, you’ll get a cool 41 days off work!
4 Things you should know about public holiday entitlements as an employee
- You’re entitled to the gross rate of pay on a public holiday. If you were not absent on a working day immediately before or after a holiday without consent or a reasonable excuse; or were on authorised leave (e.g. sick leave, annual leave) on the day immediately before or after a holiday.
- If you’re required to work on a public holiday, you should be paid an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.
- Alternatively, you and your employer can mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
- Are you holding a managerial or executive position? If so, your employer can grant time off in lieu for working on a public holiday. The time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.
Know your rights! Here are the Ministry of Manpower’s guidelines on public holiday and pay entitlements if you are covered by the Employment Act.
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By Geralyn Ong
A lover of gin and all things Nigella Lawson, Geralyne’s a big believer of #Adulting. She spends her leisure time serving fur-babies and doing as many mountain climbers and kettlebell swings as she possibly can.
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