Singapore Public Holidays 2013 Calendar
For those of you who like to plan your time off ahead of time you might like to know just how many public holidays are celebrated in Singapore on year 2013, what these holidays are about, and what days they fall on. There are eleven days of public holiday in 2013. If you are one of these people then this article should prove helpful in planning activities for those special days off.
Here is the list for singapore public holidays 2013
New Year’s Day 2013 (Tuesday, January 1, 2013)
New Year’s day is the first day of the year and falls on the first day of January according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated in most parts of the world and is the closest thing to a global holiday. 2013 New Year’s day will fall on a Tuesday.
Chinese New Year 2013 (Sunday, February 10, 2013 – Monday, February 11, 2013)
Chinese New Year is the most important of all Chinese holidays and families gather to celebrate the coming of spring with food, gifts and parades. The 2013 Chinese New Year public holiday will be Sunday and Monday February 10th and 11th.
Good Friday 2013 (Friday, March 29, 2013)
Good Friday celebrates the beginning of the Easter Holiday, and is the day that Jesus is said to have died on the cross. It will be celebrated on Friday, March 29, 2013.
Labour Day 2013 (Wednesday, May 1, 2013)
Labour day in Singapore will be celebrated on Wednesday May 1st 2013. It used to be a week’s celebration but now the celebration of the efforts that workers make is only one day.
Vesak Day 2013 (Friday, May 24, 2013)
Held Friday May 24th 2013 Vesak day celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is the major Buddhist holiday.
Hari Raya Puasa 2013 (Thursday, August 8, 2013)
The grand day of rejoicing as Hari Raya Puasas is known is a major holiday celebrated by those of the Islamic religion. In 2013 this holiday will be observed on Thursday August 8th
National Day 2013 (Friday, August 9, 2013)
National Day is celebrated every year on in Singapore on the 9th of august. In 2013 this date falls on a Friday and follows Hari Raya Pusa. National day celebrates Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965. Celebrations include fireworks and parade as well as address from the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Hari Raya Haji 2013 (Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
Celebrated on October 16th of 2013 is Hari Raya Haji, The Muslim day of sacrifice. While many practicing Muslims make pilgrimages to the holy land, those who remain in Singapore spend time in contemplation and prayer and sacrifice a sheep whose meet is then divided among the less fortunate Muslims.
Deepavali 2013 (Sunday, November 3, 2013)
Popularly known as the Festival of the lights. Held on November 3, 2013 this festival is one in which families and friends share sweets, everyone wears new clothes, homes are cleaned and firecrackers are set off to dispel evil spirits and clay lamps are lit and burned through the night.
Christmas 2013 (Wednesday, December 25, 2013)
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus in the Christian religion. It is a time when families gather for prayers, share a large meal or feast and exchange gifts. This holiday falls on Wednesday December 25, 2013.
Note: If a holiday fall on Sunday, the following Monday will be a Singapore 2013 public holiday
Singapore Long Weekends 2013
Some holidays are called as long weekends, this will happen when the public holiday falls on a Friday, Sunday, or Monday, which in effect adding one or two days to the weekend days-off. These long weekends are popular travel dates among Singaporeans as well as foreigners working in Singapore as it means they can take less days off their annual leave entitlement. Taking into considerations the Singapore public holidays 2013 dates, followings are Singapore long weekends 2013.
Chinese New Year 2013
5 days off ( Saturday, February 9, 2013 – Tuesday, February 12, 2013 )
Good Friday 2013
Off-days: 3 days ( Friday, 29 March 2013 – Sunday, 31 March 2013 )
Vesak Day 2013
3 days off ( Friday, May 24, 2013 – Sunday, May 26, 2013 )
Hari Raya Puasa 2013 – Singapore National Day 2013
4 days off ( Thursday, August 8, 2013 – Sunday, August 11, 2013 )
3 days off ( Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Monday, November 4, 2013 )
As you can see by the Public holiday calendar, Singapore tries to offer a chance for every religious persuasion to celebrate those Holidays that most important to them. Being a place of many cultures Singapore strives to make all cultures feel equally important.
For more official updates on singapore public holidays 2013, you can get from Singapore Ministry of Manpower website.
Happy Singapore Holidays 2013