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Singapore Public Holidays 2021

Geralyne Ong

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

Public holiday Date Day
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 air fares and accommodation deals—don’t let these 4 awesome long weekends in 2021 go to waste! 

2021 Long Weekends

If you have 14 days of annual leave, include the 3 off-in-lieu from PH that fall on Saturdays and maximise most 2021 public holidays, you’ll get a cool 45 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 the 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 Geralyne 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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