Singapore Public Holidays 2023. In the Chinese Calendar, 2023 is Year of Rabbit.
Singapore Public Holidays Year 2023
There are 10 holidays in Singapore Public Holidays Year 2023 and they are
- New Year Day (Sun, 1st January 2023) *
- Chinese New Year (Sun, 22nd January 2023 & Mon 23rd January 2023) *
- Good Friday (Fri, 7th April 2023) *
- Hari Raya Pausa (Sat, 22nd April 2023) *
- Labour Day (Mon, 1st May 2023) *
- Vesak Day (Fri, 2nd June 2023) *
- Hari Raya Haji (Thur, 29th June 2023)
- National Day (Wed, 9th August 2023)
- Deepavali (Sun, 12th November 2023) *
- Christmas Day (Mon, 25th Dec 2023) *
Due to some of the replacement holidays on the monday (as holidays falls on a sunday), we ended up having 14 days of rest. However, that is not all. With proper planning, we could increase our rest days in a smarter way. Below will shared with you how many days of leave you could get in exchange for more rest.
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Note: If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a designated public holiday.
Singapore is a bustling city-state in Southeast Asia known for its efficient transportation system, stunning skyline, and delicious food. But beyond these attractions, Singapore is also a country that values work-life balance, and one of the ways it shows this is through public holidays. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at public holidays in Singapore, what they mean, and how they are celebrated.
Public holidays are important for Singaporeans because they provide an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and celebrate the country’s cultural diversity. Many people plan short getaways or staycations during long weekends, while others use the time to catch up on household chores, go shopping or simply relax.
Celebrating public holidays in Singapore
One of the most important public holidays in Singapore is Chinese New Year, which usually falls in January or February. During this time, the streets are adorned with bright red lanterns, and families gather to celebrate with traditional food, games, and activities. Many people also visit Chinatown to soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy the vibrant decorations.
Another significant public holiday in Singapore is Hari Raya Puasa, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Muslims across the country gather for prayers and feasts, while non-Muslims join in the festivities by visiting their Muslim friends and enjoying the traditional Malay delicacies.
Labour Day (Mon, 1st May 2023)
Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day or May Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the first of May each year. It is a day to recognize the achievements and contributions of workers around the world and to advocate for better working conditions and workers’ rights.
The origins of Labour Day can be traced back to the late 19th century, when workers in the United States and Canada began to organize and demand better working conditions and shorter working hours. One of the key events in the history of Labour Day was the Haymarket Riot, which took place in Chicago in 1886. The riot occurred after a bomb was thrown at police officers during a labour protest, and it led to the deaths of both police officers and protesters. The incident had a significant impact on the labour movement, and it helped to galvanize support for workers’ rights and the eight-hour workday.
Since then, Labour Day has been celebrated around the world as a day to recognize the contributions of workers and to advocate for better working conditions. In many countries, including the United States, Canada, and many countries in Europe, Labour Day is a public holiday, and workers are given the day off to celebrate and reflect on the importance of their work.
Labour Day is also an important day for the labour movement and for workers’ rights. Many labour unions and organizations hold rallies and marches on Labour Day to advocate for better working conditions, higher wages, and other issues that affect workers. These events often include speeches by labour leaders and politicians, as well as cultural and musical performances.
In recent years, the labour movement has faced many challenges, including the rise of automation and the gig economy, which have made it more difficult for workers to organize and demand better working conditions. However, Labour Day remains an important day to celebrate the contributions of workers and to advocate for their rights.
Vesak Day (Fri, 2nd June 2023)
Vesak Day, also known as Buddha Purnima, is one of the most important holidays in the Buddhist calendar. It is a day that commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha, who is the founder of Buddhism and one of the most revered figures in the religion.
The exact date of Vesak Day varies from year to year, as it is determined by the lunar calendar. In some countries, such as Sri Lanka and Thailand, Vesak Day is a public holiday, and people take the day off from work to celebrate the occasion.
The celebrations of Vesak Day differ from country to country, but they often include special religious services, parades, and feasts. In many countries, Buddhists visit temples and other sacred sites to offer prayers and make offerings to the Buddha. They may also participate in meditation and other spiritual practices.
In addition to religious observances, Vesak Day is also a day of social and cultural significance. Many communities come together to celebrate with food, music, and dance. Some countries even decorate their streets and public spaces with colorful lights and banners to mark the occasion.
One of the key messages of Vesak Day is the importance of compassion and generosity. Buddhists are encouraged to engage in acts of kindness and charity, and many people use the holiday as an opportunity to give back to their communities.
Hari Raya Haji (Thur, 29th June 2023)
Hari Raya Haji, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, is a major religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world. It falls on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, which is the final month of the Islamic calendar.
Hari Raya Haji is a day of great significance in the Muslim faith, as it commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah (God). According to Islamic tradition, Allah spared Ibrahim’s son and provided a ram as a sacrifice instead. Muslims believe that this event symbolizes the importance of faith and submission to Allah.
The celebrations of Hari Raya Haji typically last for four days, and they are marked by prayers, feasting, and the sacrifice of an animal. Muslims who are financially able are required to sacrifice an animal, such as a goat, sheep, or cow, and distribute the meat to the poor and needy. This act of sacrifice is seen as a way of demonstrating devotion to Allah and sharing blessings with those who are less fortunate.
In many countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, Hari Raya Haji is a public holiday. Muslims often gather with family and friends to attend special prayers at the mosque and to enjoy festive meals together. Traditional dishes such as rendang, satay, and ketupat are commonly served during the celebrations.
Hari Raya Haji is also a time for reflection and spiritual renewal. Muslims are encouraged to seek forgiveness for their sins and to renew their commitment to Allah. They may also use the occasion to reflect on the values of sacrifice, charity, and compassion that are central to the teachings of Islam.
Singapore National Day (Wed, 9th August 2023)
Singapore National Day is a significant public holiday celebrated annually on the 9th of August to commemorate the country’s independence from Malaysia in 1965. It is a day of national pride and unity for Singaporeans, and it is marked by a range of festivities and events across the country.
The theme of Singapore National Day changes each year, and it usually reflects a particular aspect of the country’s culture or heritage. The celebrations typically begin with a grand parade that showcases Singapore’s military and civilian achievements, including performances by marching bands, dance troupes, and other cultural groups.
One of the highlights of Singapore National Day is the National Day Rally, a speech given by the Prime Minister that outlines the government’s plans and priorities for the coming year. This speech is broadcast live on television and radio, and it is eagerly anticipated by Singaporeans across the country.
In addition to the parade and rally, Singapore National Day is also marked by a range of community events and celebrations. These can include street parties, cultural performances, and fireworks displays that light up the night sky.
Food is also an important part of Singaporean National Day celebrations, and many people take the opportunity to indulge in local delicacies and traditional dishes. Popular foods include satay, laksa, and chicken rice, as well as a range of sweet treats such as kueh and durian.
Singapore National Day is also a time for reflection and gratitude, as Singaporeans reflect on the progress that the country has made since independence and give thanks for the peace, prosperity, and stability that Singapore enjoys today. It is a time for coming together as a community, celebrating shared values and traditions, and looking forward to the future with optimism and hope.
Deepavali (Sun, 12th November 2023)
Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus around the world. It is a five-day festival that usually falls between mid-October and mid-November, with the main day of celebration taking place on the third day, which is the day of the new moon in the Hindu month of Kartik. In 2023, Deepavali will be celebrated on Sunday, 12th November.
Deepavali is a festival of lights and symbolizes the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. The celebrations begin with Dhanteras, which is the first day of the festival, when people purchase gold and silver items as a sign of good luck and prosperity. The second day is known as Choti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdashi, which marks the defeat of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna.
The main day of Deepavali is the third day, when people light lamps, candles, and fireworks to welcome the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi, into their homes. Hindus believe that Lakshmi brings wealth and good fortune to those who welcome her with devotion and piety. Homes and businesses are decorated with colorful lights, rangolis (decorative patterns made with colored powders), and flowers.
On the fourth day, known as Govardhan Puja or Annakut, people offer prayers and food to Lord Krishna in appreciation of his divine protection. The fifth and final day of the festival is known as Bhai Dooj, when siblings express love and affection for each other by exchanging gifts and sweets.
Deepavali is a time for family gatherings, feasting, and gift-giving. Traditional Indian sweets such as laddoos, barfis, and pedas are prepared, and families share meals and sweets with relatives and friends. It is also a time for forgiveness and the resolution of past conflicts, as Hindus believe that the festival brings peace and harmony to all.
Christmas Day (Mon, 25th Dec 2023)
Christmas Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed on December 25th every year, it is a time for family gatherings, gift-giving, and spreading goodwill and cheer.
For many Christians, Christmas Day begins with a religious service at a church, where they attend Mass or other worship services to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Churches are typically decorated with Christmas trees, lights, and other festive decorations, and hymns and carols are sung by the congregation.
In many cultures, Christmas Day is also a time for gift-giving, with friends and family exchanging presents as a symbol of love and affection. Children often receive gifts from Santa Claus, a popular figure in many Western countries who is said to deliver presents to children on Christmas Eve.
Food also plays a big role in Christmas Day celebrations, with traditional dishes varying from country to country. In the Western world, a traditional Christmas dinner often consists of roast turkey or ham, potatoes, vegetables, and gravy, followed by a dessert such as Christmas pudding or mince pies. In other cultures, such as in Latin America and Spain, special Christmas foods like tamales and empanadas are prepared.
Throughout the day, families and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the festive season. Christmas decorations such as wreaths, Christmas lights, and Christmas trees are common in many households, adding to the joyful atmosphere of the day.
In some countries, Christmas Day is also marked by public events and celebrations. In the United States, for example, parades and other festivities take place in many cities, with people gathering to watch floats, bands, and dancers.
What is Long Weekend?
A long weekday is usually called when you have at least 3 days of rest.
How many days of annual leave am I entitled to?
Your annual leave entitlement depends on how many years of service you have with your employer. Your year of service begins from the day you start work with your employer. Below the table show you a general guide of annual leave.
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