Singapore's Public Holiday & Long Weekends 2020

Public Holiday 2020

In April 2019, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) released a list of Singapore’s public holidays for 2020.

There will be a total of 7 long weekends in 2020, with those public holidays falling either on a Friday or Sunday (holiday adjusted to a Monday).

The 4 public holidays that fall on a Friday are:

  • Good Friday (10 April)
  • Labour Day (1 May)
  • Hari Raya Haji (31 July)
  • Christmas Day (25 December)

The 3 public holidays that fall on a Sunday and adjusted to Monday are:

  • Chinese New Year (26 January)
  • Hari Raya Puasa (24 May)
  • National Day (9 August)

The dates of Singapore’s Public Holiday 2020 are as follows:

Date Day Holiday
1 January 2020 Wednesday New Year’s Day
25 January 2020 Saturday Chinese New Year
26 January 2020* Sunday Chinese New Year
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday
1 May 2020 Friday Labour Day
7 May 2020 Thursday Vesak Day
24 May 2020* Sunday Hari Raya Puasa
31 July 2020 Friday Hari Raya Haji
9 Aug 2020* Sunday National Day
14 Nov 2020 Saturday Deepavali
25 Dec 2020 Friday Christmas Day

*The following Monday will be a public holiday.

Long Weekends 2020

Even without spending any leave in 2020, there are already 7 long weekends to look forward to.

If you have 14 days of leave, it is even possible to maximize them to a total of 46 days off!

The following tables will show you how.

Public Holiday Adjusted Holiday Leave(s) to take

January

New Year’s Day

Public holiday, New Year’s Day is on Wednesday, 1 January 2020. Take leave on Thursday (2/1) and Friday (3/1) to enjoy a 5-days off.

WED THU FRI SAT SUN
1 2 3 4 5

Chinese New Year

Public holidays for Chinese New Year fall on the weekend, 25 and 26 January 2020, as well as an adjusted holiday on the following Monday, 27 January. Enjoy a long weekend.

SAT SUN MON
25 26 27

April

Good Friday

Public holiday, Good Friday, falls on Friday, 10 April 2020. Enjoy a long weekend or take leave on Monday, 13 April, for a 4 days off.

FRI SAT SUN MON
10 11 12 13

May

Labour Day

Public holiday, Labour Day, falls on Friday, 1 May 2020. Enjoy a long weekend or take leave on Monday, 4 May, for a 4 days off.

FRI SAT SUN MON
1 2 3 4

Vesak Day

Public holiday, Vesak Day, falls on Thursday, 7 May 2020. Take leave on Friday 8 May for a 4 days off.

THU FRI SAT SUN
7 8 9 10

Hari Raya Puasa

Public holiday, Hari Raya Puasa, falls on Sunday, 24 May 2020, with an adjusted holiday on the Monday, 25 May. Enjoy a long weekend or take leave on Tuesday (26/5) for a 4 days off.

SAT SUN MON TUE
23 24 25 26

July

Hari Raya Haji

Public Holiday, Hari Raya Haji, falls on Friday, 31 July 2020. Enjoy a long weekend or take leave on Thursday (30/7) and/or Monday (3/7) for a longer holiday.

THU FRI SAT SUN MON
30 31 1 2 3

August

National Day

Public holiday, National Day, falls on Sunday, 9 August 2020, with an adjusted holiday on the Monday, 10 August. Enjoy a long weekend or take leave on Friday (7/8) and/or Tuesday (11/8) for a longer holiday.

FRI SAT SUN MON TUE
7 8 9 10 11

November

Deepavali

Public holiday, Deepavali, falls on Saturday, 25 November 2020. There is no additional adjusted holiday.

SAT SUN
25 26

December

Christmas & New Year

Public holiday, Christmas Day, falls on Friday, 25 December 2020 and New Year’s Day on the next Friday, 1 January 2021. Enjoy 2 separate long weekends or take a 4 days leave in between to enjoy a 10 days holiday.

FRI SAT SUN MON TUE
25 26 27 28 29
WED THU FRI SAT SUN
30 31 1 2 3

Changes to the Employment Act: What Employers and Employees Should Know

Some amendments are made to the Employment Act, which will take effect from 1 April 2019.

According to the new amendments, all employers and employees should take note that:

  • Employees who are required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day of salary (at basic rate of pay).
  • Alternatively, the employer and employee can mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
  • For the following group of employees, the employer has a additional option of granting time-off-in-lieu, based on a mutually agreed number of hours, for working on a public holiday:
    • workmen earning more than $4,500 a month;
    • non-workmen earning more than $2,600 a month; and
    • all managers and executives.