Government Public Holidays in Singapore in 2014
For 2014, the Singapore Government has declared the following 11 gazetted public holidays:
|PUBLIC HOLIDAY||DATE||DAY||REASON FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAY|
|New Year’s Day||1 January, 2014||Wednesday||Start of the Gregorian New Year|
|Chinese New Year||31 January, 2014||Friday||Start of Chinese Holidays (Spring Festival) that goes on until the Lantern Festival (14 Feb, 2014)|
|Chinese New Year||1 February, 2014||Saturday|
|Good Friday||18 April, 2014||Friday||Christian Festival marking the death of Jesus Christ|
|Labour Day||1 May, 2014||Thursday||Day to celebrate the achievements of workers|
|Vesak Day (Buddha Purnima)||13 May, 2014||Tuesday||Buddhist Festival that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha|
|Hari Raya Puasa (Eid al-Fitr)||28 July, 2014||Monday||Islamic Festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting|
|National Day||9 August, 2014||Saturday||Singapore’s Independence Day|
|Hari Raya Haji (Eid al-Adha)||5 October, 2014||Sunday||Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sarifice his son for God. 6 Oct, 2014 (Monday) is a holiday.|
|Deepavali (Diwali)||23 October, 2014||Thursday||Hindu festival of Lights that celebrates the return of Lord Ram from 14 years of exile.|
|Christmas Day||25 December, 2014||Thursday||Christian Festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ|
- Since “Hari Raya Haji” is on a Sunday (5 October, 2014), Monday (6 October, 2014) is a holiday.
- The 2014 Singapore Holiday List is issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower.
- Singapore employers can give their employees alternate holidays in place of the above 11 public holidays.
- Please visit this page for the List of Holidays in Singapore in 2015.
School and Junior College Holidays in Singapore in 2014
Singapore’s Schools, Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute follow an academic year with 2 semesters with 2 terms each. There are holiday breaks after each term and semester. Singapore’s Ministry of Education has put out the below list of School and Junior College holidays for 2014. These holidays are in addition to Singapore’s Public Holidays in 2014.
|SCHOOL, JUNIOR COLLEGE HOLIDAYS||DATE AND DAY|
|Break between Terms I and II||15 March (Saturday) – 23 March, 2014 (Sunday)|
|Break between Semesters I and II||31 May (Saturday) – 29 June, 2014 (Sunday)|
|Youth Day||7 July, 2014 (Monday) (actual holiday is on 6 July, which is a Sunday)|
|Teachers’ Day||5 September, 2014 (Friday)|
|Break between Terms III and IV||6 September (Saturday) – 14 September, 2014 (Sunday)|
|Children’s Day (Holiday only for Primary School)||3 October, 2014 (Friday)|
|At End of Academic School Year||15 November (Saturday) – 31 December, 2014 (Wednesday)|
Festivals and Observance Days Which Are Not Holidays in Singapore
In addition to the 11 public holidays, Singaporeans celebrate the following festivals and special days in Singapore’s History. Singaporean employers have the flexibility to grant any of these days as holidays in substitution of the 11 public holidays.
|NAME||DATE||DAY||REASON FOR CELEBRATION|
|Mawlid – Birth of the Prophet||13 January, 2014||Monday||Islamic festval that celebrates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.|
|Thaipusam||17 January, 2014||Friday||Hindu Tamil festival celebrates the victory of Goddess Parvati and Lord Murugun over evil.|
|Valentine’s Day||14 February, 2014||Friday||Christian festival that celebrates feast of St. Valentine, a Roman Catholic saint.|
|Lantern Festival||14 February, 2014||Friday||Chinese festival that celebrates the last day of Chinese New Year celebration.|
|Total Defence Day||15 February, 2014||Saturday||In 15 February 1942, the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese in World War II.|
|International Women’s Day||8 March, 2014||Saturday||International Celebration of the role of Women|
|Qingming Festival||5 April, 2014||Saturday||Chinese Pure Brightness Festival, Ancestors Day.|
|Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)||14 April, 2014||Monday||Sikhs celebrate it as the day the Khalsa was established. Also start of Hindu New Year.|
|Holy Saturday (Easter Saturday)||19 April, 2014||Saturday||Christian festival that celebrated a day before the resurrection of Jesus Christ.|
|Easter||20 April, 2014||Sunday||Christian festival celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.|
|Mother’s Day||11 May, 2014||Sunday||Celebrate the contributions of mothers.|
|Dragon Boat Festival||2 June, 2014||Monday||Death anniversary of patriotic poet Qu Yuan.|
|Father’s Day||15 June, 2014||Sunday||Celebrates the contributions of fathers.|
|Start of Ramadan (29-days)||28 June, 2014||Saturday||Islamic festival which start the fasting month of Ramadhan.|
|Singapore Armed Forces Day||1 July, 2014||Tuesday||Parade is held in honor of the armed forces.|
|Racial Harmony Day||21 July, 2014||Monday||Singapore’s first race riots took place on 21 July 1964.|
|Hungry Ghost Festival||10 August, 2014||Sunday||Chinese festival to appease ancestors.|
|Mid-Autumn Festival||8 September, 2014||Monday||Chinese and Vietnamese harvest festival.|
|Islamic New Year||24 October, 2014||Friday||Celebrates the start of the new Islamic calendar.|
|Christmas Eve||24 December, 2014||Wednesday||Day before the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.|
|Boxing Day||26 December, 2014||Friday||Day after the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.|
|New Year’s Eve||31 December, 2014||Wednesday||Celebrates the last day of the year.|
- Singapore Chinese New Year (Lantern Festival): Image by fliesyan. Image licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
- Singapore National Day Fireworks: Image by William Cho. Image taken from Wikimedia Commons. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
- Singapore Deepavali Celebrations: Image by David Sifry. Image used under Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).