Sunday, July 15, 2012

Singapore Public Holidays 2013 Calendar

There are 11 major public holidays in Singapore every year and with a holiday for the important religious festival of each religion here, they reflect the cultural diversity of the population in Singapore.Some of these holidays, like Chinese New Year and Muslim festivals like Hari Raya Haji do not have fixed dates in modern calendar since they follow lunar calendars.

In 2013, there will be five long weekends to look forward when public holidays fall on either a Friday or Monday.

Singapore 2013 Holidays
Here is the list of public holidays in Singapore in 2013:

New Year's Day
1 January 2013
The first day of the modern Gregorian calendar is celebrated as a holiday in Singapore as it is celebrated in many countries.

New Year's Day of 2013 will be on Tuesday and with a day of on December 31st 2012, it can be converted to a 4 days weekend.

Chinese New Year
10-11 February 2013
Chinese New Year is the most important traditional Chinese holiday in Chinese culture. The festival begins on the first day of the first month so its day vary year to year, going approximately a week+ earlier every year compared to the previous year.

Chinese New Year in 2013 falls to Sunday and Monday, forming another long weekend holiday option.

Good Friday
29 March 2013
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The date varies since this is the Friday before Easter Sunday; which is the first Sunday after the first Paschal Full Moon following the official vernal equinox.

Good Friday in 2013 will fall to Friday and form yet another long weekend.

Labour Day
1 May 2013
This is the globally celebrated Labor Day.

Vesak Day
24 May 2013
Vesak is a holy day is informally called "Buddha's Birthday" but it encompasses the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and passing away (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha. It is a religious holiday by Buddhists in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the South East Asian countries. Date of this holiday varies every year because it is celebrated according to the Chinese calendar.

Vesak Day in 2013 will fall to Friday and form yet another long weekend.

Hari Raya Puasa
8 August 2013
Eid ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The date of this holiday varies according to the Islamic calendar.

National Day
9 August 2013
National Day celebrates the independence of Singapore and is commemoration of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965.

Hari Raya Haji
15 October 2013
Eid al-Adha, "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma'il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead. The date of this holiday varies according to the Islamic calendar.

3 November 2013
Deepavali is a Hindu holiday and celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana and vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna. The date varies according to Hindu Calendar.

Christmas Day
25 December 2013
Christmas Day is a Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

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