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Listed below are Singapore Public Holidays 2019 and 2019 Singapore School Holidays. There is also a list of Singapore festivals and special days celebrated in Singapore.  




Singapore Public Holidays 2019

These 11 days are gazette Singapore Public Holidays 2019.

New Year’s Day 1 January 2019 (Tuesday) Start of the Gregorian New Year
Chinese New Year 5 February 2019 (Tuesday) Start of the Chinese New Year. This is the year of the Earth Pig. This is the most important Chinese festival celebrated in Singapore. Starting with the Family Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year’s eve, the prolonged New Year celebrations go on for 15 days. Chinese Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year 6 February 2019 (Wednesday)  
Good Friday 19 April 2019 (Friday) Christian Festival that commemorates the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ. Easter is on Sunday 21 April, 2018. Easter Celebrates resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Churches in Singapore.
Labour Day 1 May 2019 (Wednesday) On the occaision of International Workers’ Day (also known as “May Day:), Singapore celebrates this day as a tribute to all workers. There is a May Day Rally and the Prime Minister of Singapore usually gives a speech.
Vesak Day 19 May 2019 (Sunday) Vesak (“Buddha Purnima”) is a Buddhist Festival that celebrates the Birth, Enlightenment and Attainment of Nirvana of Buddha. All three events took place on the the full moon day of the Indian Lunar Calendar month of Vesakha; hence the name “Vesak”. One in three Singaporean follows the Buddhist faith. Vesak is celebrated with fanfare at the Buddhist Temples. This link has the Top 10 Best And Famous Buddhist Temples In Singapore. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Famous Buddhist Temples In Singapore.
Vesak Day 20 May 2019 (Monday) Since Vesak is on a Sunday, Singapore Government ha declared Monday, 20 May, 2019 as Vesak Holiday.
Hari Raya Puasa 5 June 2019 (Wednesday) Hari Raya Puasa (“Hari Raya Aidilfitri” or “Eid Al-Fitr”) is celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. On the occaison of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Singaporean Muslims visit the Mosque, seek forgiveness from their elders and loved ones, have a wonderful feast, dress in their finest traditional clothes and light lamps. This is a link to the Top 10 Best And Most Famous Mosques in Singapore.
National Day 9 August 2019 (Friday) 9 August is celebrated as Singapore’s Independence Day and is called “National Day”. As part of the celebrations there is a popular National Day Parade near Marina Bay, in which the armed forces and civilians participate. The Prime Minister delivers a speech and the celebrations end with a lavish fireworks display.
Hari Raya Haji 11 August 2019 (Sunday) The Muslim festival of “Hari Raya Haji” is also known as “Eid al-Adha” (Festival of Sacrifice”). On this holy day the Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael to God. This day also marks the end of the “Haj”, the pilgramage to the holy cities of Mecca and Madina. On this day, Singaporean Muslims visit the Mosque and sacrifice either a goat or sheep or cow. Part of the sacrifice is donated to the poor. This is a link to the Top 10 Best And Most Famous Mosques in Singapore.
Deepavali 27 October 2019 (Sunday) Deepavali (“Diwali”) is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Deepavali marks the return of Lord Ram from an exile of 14 years. It celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil. Beautiful light installations are placed in “Little India” one month before the start of the Festival of Lights. As part of the festival, Singaporean Hindus clean their houses and place of work, they perform “Laxmi Puja”, which is prayers to the Godess of Wealth, distribute sweets, visit friends and light up their houses.
Deepavali 28 October 2019 (Monday) Since Deepavali is on a Sunday, Singapore Government ha declared Monday, 28 October, 2019 as Holiday. This is a link to the Top 10 Best Hindu Temples in Singapore.
Christmas Day 25 December 2019 (Wednesday) Christian Festival celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is celebrated with a lot of Fan-fare in Singapore. Main shopping areas, such as Orchard Road are spectacularly lit up. On Christmas, Singaporeans pray in Church have a hearty feast. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Churches in Singapore.



  • When a Singapore Holiday falls on a Sunday, the subsequent Monday is a holiday.
  • The official list of Singapore Public Holidays 2019 is declared by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Please visit their website for further information on Singapore Public Holidays 2019. The website also has rules and regulations that govern Singapore public and national holidays.
  • The above Singapore Public Holidays 2019 are also Singapore Bank Holidays and Singapore National Holidays


Singapore Lantern Festival at end of Chinese New Year  



2019 School Holidays Singapore, School Term Dates

Listed below are 2019 Singapore School Holidays. Singapore school term consists of two semesters and there are two terms per semester.  




List of 2019 School Holidays Singapore

Singapore School Holidays between Terms 1 and 2 16 March, 2019 (Saturday) To 24 March, 2019 (Sunday)
Singapore School Holidays between Semeter 1 and Semeter 2 1 June, 2019 (Saturday) To 30 June, 2019 (Sunday)
Singapore Youth Day 2019 7 July, 2019 (Sunday) is Youth Day. 8 July, 2019 (Monday) is a Singapore School Holiday
Singapore Teachers’ Day 2019 6 September, 2019 (Friday)
Singapore School Holidays between Terms 3 and 4 7 September, 2019 (Friday) To 15 September, 2019 (Sunday)
Singapore Children’s Day (Only Primary School has a Holiday) 4 October, 2019 (Friday)
Singapore School Holidays at End of Academic Year 16 November, 2019 (Saturday) To 31 December, 2019 (Tuesday)



2019 Singapore School Term Dates

These are the 2019 Singapore School Dates.

2019 Singapore School Semester 1  
Term 1 2 January, 2019 (Wednesday) to 15 March, 2019 (Friday)
Term 2 25 March, 2019 (Monday) to 31 May,2019 (Friday)
2019 Singapore School Semester 2  
Term 3 1 July, 2019 (Monday) to 6 September, 2019 (Friday)
Term 4 16 September, 2019 (Monday) to 15 November, 2019 (Friday)


 PLEASE NOTE: Singapore School holidays and Singapore School Terms are announced by Singapore Ministry of Education. Please visit their website for further details.  



2019 Singapore Festivals, Special Days, Anniversaries

Singapore’s population is made up of people of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian ethnicity. Major religions practised by Singaporeans include Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism and more. Hence Singapore celebrates many religious festivals and special days. In addition to the above listed 11 Singapore National Holidays, these Singapore Festivals, Special Days and Anniversaries are also celebrated.


National Day is a Singapore Public Holiday  


Thaipusam 21 January 2019 (Monday) The Hindu festival of Thaipusam is celebrated by the Tamil community in Singapore. Thaipusam is celebrated to fete the God of War, Lord Murugan, for defeating the evil demon Soorapadman and his demons (Asuras). Members of Singapore’s Indian community take out a 4 Km procession from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple. This is a link to Top 10 Best Hindu Temples in Singapore.
Valentine’s Day 14 February 2019 (Thursday) The special day of love is very popular with Singaporeans. It is thought that Singaporeans spend more than citizens of any other country on Valentine’s Day
Total Defence Day 15 February 2019 (Friday) Total Defence Day marks 15 February, 1942, which the day the British in Singapore surrendered to the Japanese forces. On this day the government emphasis the need for defence preparedness. The largest ceremony is held at Kranji War Memorial.
Lantern Festival 19 February 2019 (Tuesday) Chinese Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon of the Chinese New Year. Lantern Festival is held 15 days after the Chinese New Year and brings to an end the fortnight of celebrations of the New Year. Visit River Hongbao where events are held for the Lantern Festival. NOTE: A second Lantern Festival is celebrated later in the year.
International Women’s Day 8 March 2019 (Fridayday) 8 March is celebrated as Internation Women’s Day. The contribution of women in all aspects of life is celebrated on this day. The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) takes in the lead in organizing events.
Holy Saturday (Easter Saturday) 20 April 2019 (Saturday) This is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. This is the last day of the death of Jesus Christ. Easter vigil service is held in the churches of Singapore. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Churches in Singapore.
Easter 21 April 2019 (Sunday) Chirstians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday. Easter Mass is well attended. Some churches hold their Easter Service in parks so as to accomodate more people. Easter egg hunts are organized for children at many places in Singapore.
Qingming Festival (Ching Ming Festival) 5 April 2019 (Friday) The Chinese festival of Qingming (Ching Ming) is in honour of ancestors. Dead ancestors are honoured by cleaning their tombs, placing food, flowers and incense on their tomb and by praying to one’s ancestors. Qingming Festival is also known as “Ancestor’s Day”, Chinese Pure Brightness Festival” and “Tomb Sweeping Day”.
Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) 14 April 2019 (Sunday) Baisakhi (also known as Vaisakhi) is the North Indian Harvest Festival. This festival is mainly celebrated by the North Indian communities. Baisakhi is also the Punjabi New. Vaisakhi is also denotes the start of the Sikh Khalsa. There are colourful celebrations at the Sikh Gurudwaras in Singapore.
Mother’s Day 12 May 2019 (Sunday) Singapore celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.
Start of Ramadan (29-days) 5 May 2019 (Sunday) Ramadan (also known as Ramzan) is the holy month of fasting for Muslims. The Quran, the Holiest Book in Islam, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan. Able bodied adult Muslims are expected to fast from dawn to dusk during the Ramadan month. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Mosques in Singapore.
Dragon Boat Festival 7 June 2019 (Friday) Dragon boat races are held at the Bedok Reservoir. Dragon boats from Singapore and around the world compete in the Dragon Boat Race. Dragon Boat Festival, which is also called “Duanwu” and “Tuen Ng”, is celebrated on the death anniversary of poet Qu Yuan.
Father’s Day 16 June 2019 (Sunday) Singapore celebrates Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June.
Singapore Armed Forces Day 1 July 2019 (Monday) Singapore honours its Armed Forces on this day. An armed forces parade is the center-piece of celebrations.
Racial Harmony Day 21 July 2019 (Sunday) Singapore has always empasis on peaceful coexistance between its various ethnic communities. By way of Racial Harmony Day, the government shares the message of harmony among its citizens.
Hungry Ghost Festival (Yu Lan Pen) 15 August 2019 (Thursday) In the seventh month of the Chinese calander it is believed that Ghosts and Spirits roam the earth; with the fifteenth day being the most auspicious.It is important to keep these Ghosts happy. This is done by offering, food, drinks, incense, prayers, money and material things to the Ghosts. Spirits and Ghosts have to also be entertained and the “Getai” (concerts), Chinese Opera and Comedy Shows ensure that. The Hungry Ghost Festival is also known as “Yu Lan Pen” and “Zhong Yuan Jie”.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) 13 September 2019 (Friday) Mid-Autumn Festival is a Chinese festival that marks the end of the autumn harvest. The full moon on this day is among the brightest in the entire year. The Moon Goddess, who saved her people from an evil king, is worshiped on this day. The Mid-Autumn Festival is also called “Moon Festival”. On this day Singaporeans look up to the moon, have mooncakes and children especially get to carry lanterns. Since lantern are an important part of the celebrations, this festival is also called “Lantern Festival” (not to be confused with the Chinese New Year “Lantern Festival”).
Islamic New Year (1st Day of Muharram) 31 August 2019 (Saturday) The Islamic Calender is a Lunar Calender. The first month in the calender is Muharram, which after Ramadan, is the second holiest month in the Muslim Calendar. Islamic New Year is celebrated on the first day of Muharram.
Mawlid al-Nabi (Mawlid)- Birth of Prophet Muhammad 9 November 2019 (Saturday) Mawlid al-Nabi is also known as Milad-Un-Nabi, Id-E-Milad, Maulad Nabi, Maulid Nabi, Maulidur Rasul. Maulad Nabi is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.
Christmas Eve 24 December 2019 (Tuesday) Christmas is a popular festival in Singapore. Colourful lights, shopping, music, food, Church Mass and long school holidays all add to the excitement around Christmas. Churches hold special Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
New Year’s Eve 31 December 2019 (Tuesday) New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration and parties in Singapore. Special events are organized all over Singapore.



Singapore Deepavali (Diwali) is celebrated with lights







  • 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).


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