Singapore’s Public Holidays for 2024: Plan Your Year of Celebrations

Singapore's Public Holidays for 2024 Plan Your Year of Celebrations

Introduction: Looking ahead to the coming year, it’s essential to mark your calendars with Singapore’s public holidays for 2024. These special days provide opportunities for rest, celebration, and spending quality time with loved ones. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released the official dates for the 11 gazetted public holidays, ensuring that Singaporeans can plan their year of festivities and well-deserved breaks. Let’s explore the public holidays for 2024 and the significance they hold for the nation.

Public HolidayDateDay
New Year’s DayJanuary 1Monday
Chinese New YearFebruary 10-11Saturday-Sunday
Good FridayMarch 29Friday
Hari Raya PuasaApril 10Wednesday
Labour DayMay 1Wednesday
Vesak DayMay 22Wednesday
Hari Raya HajiJune 17Monday
National DayAugust 9Friday
DeepavaliOctober 31Thursday
Christmas DayDecember 25Wednesday
  1. New Year’s Day – January 1st: The year begins with New Year’s Day, a time for reflection, renewal, and setting new goals. Start the year on a positive note, spending quality time with family and friends, and engaging in activities that bring joy and rejuvenation.
  2. Chinese New Year – February 10th and 11th: Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is one of Singapore’s most significant and vibrant celebrations. Embrace the festive spirit, participate in lion and dragon dances, visit bustling markets, and savor delicious traditional Chinese delicacies. It is a time for family reunions and well-wishing for prosperity and good fortune.
  3. Good Friday – March 29th: Good Friday, observed by Christians around the world, is a day of reflection and solemnity. Take this opportunity for personal introspection, attend church services, or spend quiet time with loved ones.
  4. Hari Raya Puasa – April 10th: Hari Raya Puasa, also known as Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims. Join in the joyous celebrations, visit the homes of Muslim friends, and partake in the delectable traditional Malay delicacies that grace the festive tables.
  5. Labour Day – May 1st: Labour Day is a global tribute to workers’ rights and contributions. It is a day to relax, appreciate the fruits of labor, and celebrate the achievements of the workforce. Engage in activities that promote worker welfare and solidarity, or simply enjoy a well-deserved break.
  6. Vesak Day – May 22nd: Vesak Day is a significant religious holiday for Buddhists. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Buddha. Visit temples, participate in acts of kindness, and witness the vibrant lantern processions that illuminate the streets during this auspicious day.
  7. Hari Raya Haji – June 17th: Hari Raya Haji, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, is a time for Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Engage in prayers, partake in the distribution of meat to the needy, and gather with family and friends to celebrate.
  8. National Day – August 9th: Singapore’s National Day is a day of great significance and pride for the nation. Commemorating Singapore’s independence, this day is filled with parades, fireworks, and community events. Embrace the spirit of unity, patriotism, and progress as the nation celebrates its achievements.
  9. Deepavali – October 31st: Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus. Symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil, it is a time of joyous festivities. Decorate your home, partake in prayers, and relish the delightful treats that accompany this festival.
  10. Christmas Day – December 25th: Christmas Day, a global holiday, marks the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a time of joy, love, and giving. Engage in gift exchanges, attend church services, and enjoy the festive atmosphere with family and friends.

Conclusion: Singapore’s public holidays for 2024 provide numerous opportunities to celebrate, reflect, and spend quality time with loved ones. From cultural festivals to religious observances and national celebrations, each holiday holds a special place in the hearts of Singaporeans. Mark your calendars, embrace the diverse tapestry of Singapore’s multicultural society, and make the most of these public holidays to create cherished memories throughout the year.

For more detailed information on public holiday provisions under the Employment Act, including the entitlements and rights of employees and employers, please refer to the MOM website’s page on public holidays: Public Holiday Provisions under the Employment Act

This page provides comprehensive information about public holiday regulations and guidelines in Singapore, helping both employers and employees understand their rights and obligations.

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