The President of Singapore can declare any day to be a public holiday, although every major race and religion usually receive two public holidays each.

If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following day is usually declared a public holiday, unless the Monday itself is already a public holiday. If a public holiday falls on a Saturday, the government will declare a school holiday the following Monday. Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be four fewer long weekends in 2021 than in 2020.

Employees who have to work on a public holiday will be entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate. Alternatively, employers, with the consent of the employee, can substitute the employee’s day off with another working day.

Further, the employer can also grant time-off-in-lieu, based on the number of hours the employee has worked on the public holiday. This option only applies to:

  • Workmen earning more than S$4,500 per month (US$3,364);
  • Non-workmen earning more than S$2,600 per month (US$1,943); and
  • All managers and executives.


The Ministry of Manpower’s (MoM) has released the following dates of public holidays for 2021:

New Year’s Day

  • January 1

Chinese New Year

  • February 12-13

Good Friday

  • April 2

Labor Day

  • May 1

Eid-al Fitr

  • May 13 (subject to change)

Vesak Day

  • May 26

Eid-al Adha

  • July 20 (subject to change)

National Day

  • August 9


  • November 4

Christmas Day

  • December 25

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