When are the public holidays in 2021? The dates have been revealed, also showing four long weekends next year, three fewer than this year.
Of the 11 annual public holidays next year, three fall on Friday and one on Monday, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM).
The announcement comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and continued uncertainty over whether Singaporeans will be allowed to travel overseas next year and when they can resume staycations at hotels here.
The Friday holidays in 2021 are New Year’s Day on Jan 1, Chinese New Year on Feb 12 and Good Friday on April 2. The Aug 9 National Day holiday falls on a Monday.
The other holidays are Chinese New Year on Feb 13, Labour Day on May 1, Hari Raya Puasa on May 13, Vesak Day on May 26, Hari Raya Haji on July 20, Deepavali on Nov 4 and Christmas Day on Dec 25.
|New Year’s Day||Jan 1, 2021||Friday|
|Chinese New Year||Feb 12, 2021||Friday|
|Feb 13, 2021||Saturday|
|Good Friday||April 2, 2021||Friday|
|Labour Day||May 1, 2021||Saturday|
|Hari Raya Puasa *||May 13, 2021||Thursday|
|Vesak Day||May 26, 2021||Wednesday|
|Hari Raya Haji *||July 20, 2021||Tuesday|
|National Day||Aug 9, 2021||Monday|
|Deepavali||Nov 4, 2021||Thursday|
|Christmas Day||Dec 25, 2021||Saturday|
|* Subject to change|
There were seven in 2015, 2017 and this year, six in 2016 and five in 2012 and 2011. There were also only four long weekends in 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019.
The MOM said workers who work on the gazetted days are entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay, unless employers and workers come to a mutual agreement to substitute the employee’s day off with another working day.
Employers can also choose to grant time-off-in-lieu for an agreed number of hours to employees for working on a public holiday.
This option applies only for employers of workmen earning more than $4,500 a month, non-workmen earning more than $2,600 a month and all managers and executives.
With advanced planning, here’s how you can stretch four long weekends to nine.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.
(Photo and graphic: The Straits Times)