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Public Holidays in Singapore

There are 10 public holidays a year, celebrating key religious events or new year festivals on the Chinese, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian calendars, as well as Labour Day and National Day. Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa (Aidilfitri), Hari Raya Haji, Vesak Day and Easter follow the lunar calendar and change accordingly each year. Nevertheless, these dates are fixed many months in advance. Some international schools also celebrate some of their own key days such as Thanksgiving.

Hari Raya Haji (Feast of the Sacrifice) is the new year for Muslims who follow a lunar calendar. Hari Raya Puasa (Aidilfitri) marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and purification. Vesak Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Deepavali (Festival of Lights) is celebrated by Hindus and symbolises the victory of good over evil.

If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes a holiday. Public holidays falling on a Friday or Monday afford a long weekend, which many residents use to make short trips to neighbouring countries – especially since budget airlines began offering low cost fares. The causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia is invariably packed with motor vehicles on such weekends.





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