Jan 242019

Singapore Public Holidays 2020 and 2020 Singapore School Holidays are listed below. Singapore Festivals in 2020 and special Singapore celebrations are also listed below.



Singapore Public Holidays 2020 (National Holidays)

These are the Singapore Public Holidays 2020.

New Year’s Day 1 January 2020 (Wednesday) First Day of the New Year
Chinese New Year 25 January 2020 (Saturday) Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese Festival celebrated in Singapore. In Singapore Chinese New Year is celebrated with Lanterns, Colourful lights, Lion Dances, Fireworks, Parades with Floats, Performances and amazing Chinese Food. Festivities start on the eve of Chinese New Year with the Family Reunion Dinner. The 15 day New Year celebrations end on Chinese Lantern Festival on 8 February, 2020 (this is the Spring Lantern Festival). As per the Chinese Zodiac signs, 2020 is the year of the Rat, which is the first sign in the zodiac circle. NOTE: Since 26 Jan, 2020 is a Sunday, 27 Jan is also a Singapore holiday.
Chinese New Year 26 January 2020 (Sunday)
Chinese New Year 27 January 2020 (Monday)
Good Friday 10 April 2020 (Friday) Good Friday commemorates the Crucifixion and subsequent Death of Jesus Christ. Easter, on Sunday, celebrates the 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 2020 (Friday) “Labour Day”, also known as “May Day” is a Singapore Holiday. May 1 is also the International Worker’s Day. In Singapore Labour Day is celebrated with a rally and a speech by the Singapore Prime Minister.
Vesak Day 7 May 2020 (Thursday) Vesak is an important festival not just for Buddhist in Singapore, but all over the world. Vesak Day celebrates three key aspects of the Buddha’s life – his Birth, Enlightenment and his Realisation of Nirvana. Buddhism is the leading religion in Singapore. On Vesak Day Singaporeans pray at Buddhist Temples, make offerings, wash the statue of Buddha and do good deeds (called “Dana”). Candle light processions from Buddhist temples, such as Phor Kar See Temple, are very popular. 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.
Hari Raya Puasa 24 May 2020 (Sunday) and 25 May 2020 (Monday) Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of Ramadan, which is the Muslim Holy Month of Fasting. This festival is also known as “Hari Raya Aidilfitri” and “Eid Al-Fitr”. To celebrate this special day Muslims visit the Mosque in new clothes, they seek the blessing of their elders, visit friends and relatives, light lamps, give charity to the poor and have a feast. Geylang Serai area of Singapore is colourfully lit up for Ramadan and Eid. NOTE: Since Hari Raya Puasa falls on a Sunday, Monday is a Singapore Holiday. This is a link to the Top 10 Best And Most Famous Mosques in Singapore.
Hari Raya Haji 31 July 2020 (Friday) Hari Raya Haji, which is also known as “Eid al-Adha” is the festival of sacrifice. On this day sheeps, goats and cows are sacrificed. Family that paid for the animal gets part of the meat, part is given to friends and relatives and the rest is distributed among the poor.Typically Muslims visit the Mosque and then have a feast with their near and dear ones. Hari Raya Haji marks the end of Haj (holy pilgramage to Mecca). Hari Raya Haji is also celebrated to honour the willingness of Prophet Abraham (“Ibrahim”) to sacrifice his son for God. At the last minute, God replaced Abraham’s son, Ismail, with a sheep. This is a link to the Top 10 Best And Most Famous Mosques in Singapore.
National Day 9 August 2020 (Friday) National Day is Singapore’s Independence Day. Key highlight of celebration is the parade at Marina Bay, where the armed puts up an impressive display. The Prime Minister of Singapore address the nation and there is a wonderful fireworks display.
Deepavali 14 November 2020 (Saturday) Deepavali (also called “Diwali”) is the Hindu Festival of light that celebrates the victory of Good over Evil. This is the day the Lord Ram returned from his 14 year exile. Since this is the Festival of light, Serangoon Road and Race Course Road (in Singapore’s “Little India”) are colourfully lit up. Hindus in Singapore celebrate Deepavali by praying to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth), this is called “Laxmi Pooja”. As part of the celebrations, houses and places of work are cleaned and decorated. Sweets are distributed to friends and relatives and new clothes are worn on this day. This is a link to the Top 10 Best Hindu Temples in Singapore.
Christmas Day 25 December 2020 (Friday) Christmas is a major festival in Singapore. There are special prayer services on Christmas and Christmas Eve in Singapore Churches. Streets and Shops are colourfully decorated during Christmas. This festive atmosphere continues uptil New Year. The main shopping areas and malls of Singapore are a sight to behold. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Churches in Singapore.



  • If a Singapore Gazette Holiday is on a Sunday, then the next day (Monday) is a Singapore national holiday.
  • Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announces the list of official Singapore Public Holidays 2020. Please visit their website for more information on Singapore Holidays along with holiday rules that apply to Singapore employers and employees.
  • Above table of Singapore Public Holidays 2020 is also the list of Singapore Bank Holidays 2020 and Singapore National Holidays 2020.


Singapore Lantern Festival at end of Chinese New Year



2020 School Holidays Singapore And School Term Dates

Dates of 2020 School Holidays Singapore

This table has the dates of Singapore School Holidays in 2020.




Singapore School Holidays between Terms 1 and 2 14 March, 2020 (Saturday) To 22 March, 2020 (Sunday)
Singapore School Holidays between Semeter 1 and Semeter 2 30 May, 2020 (Saturday) To 28 June, 2020 (Sunday)
Singapore Youth Day 5 July, 2020 (Sunday) is Youth Day. 6 July, 2020 (Monday) is a Singapore School Holiday
Day after National Day 10 August, 2020 (Monday)
Singapore Teachers’ Day 4 September, 2020 (Friday)
Singapore School Holidays between Terms 3 and 4 5 September, 2020 (Friday) To 13 September, 2020 (Sunday)
Singapore Children’s Day (Only Primary School has a Holiday) 2 October, 2020 (Friday)
School Holidays at End of Academic Year 14 November, 2020 (Saturday) To 31 December, 2020 (Thursday)


2020 Singapore School Term Dates

2020 Singapore School Term Dates are listed below. These are the dates when students attend school.
Singapore school year is divided into two Semesters; further, each Semester has two School Terms.

Term 1 2 January, 2020 (Thursday) to 13 March, 2020 (Friday)
Term 2 23 March, 2020 (Monday) to 29 May,2020 (Friday)
Term 3 29 June, 2020 (Monday) to 4 September, 2020 (Friday)
Term 4 14 September, 2020 (Monday) to 13 November, 2020 (Friday)


Singapore Ministry of Education decides on Singapore School Term and Singapore School Holidays. Please visit their official website for further information.
The above Singapore School Holidays and Terms dates are tentative. Singapore Ministry of Education is yet to announce the final dates for 2020.



Singapore Festivals in 2020, Singapore Special Days

Singapore is a proud multi-ethnic country. People of Chinese, Malay, Middle-Eastern, Indian, Eurasian ethnicity have made Singapore their home. The main religious festivals are National holidays; but in addition to these Singaporeans also celebrate the below listed Singapore Festivals and special days.


Singapore Public Holidays includes National Day


Thaipusam 8 February 2020 (Saturday) Thaipusam is a Hindu in honour of the God Of War (“Lord Murugan”). This festival is mainly celebrated by the Indian Tamil community. The highlight of the celebrations is a 4 Km religious procession from 4 Km procession from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (397 Serangoon Road) to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple (15 Tank Road). This is a link to the Top 10 Best Hindu Temples in Singapore.
Lantern Festival 8 February 2020 (Saturday) Chinese New Year celebrations go on for 15 days. The Spring Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day and it marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. Do visit River Hongbao for the colourful celebrations.
Valentine’s Day 14 February 2020 (Friday) The Day of Love is very popular in Singapore. It’s a great time express one’s love.
Total Defence Day 15 February 2020 (Saturday) Government reiterates the need to be prepared to defend Singapore. A ceremony is held at Kranji War Memorial. 15 February, 1942 was the day the British Army surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.
International Women’s Day 8 March 2020 (Sunday) 8 March is International Women’s Day. Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), which is a collection of Singapore Women’s Organisations, organizes events on this day.
Qingming Festival (Ching Ming Festival) 4 April 2020 (Saturday) Qingming Festival, also known as Ching Ming Festival, is a Chinese festival that honours dead ancestors. Respect for ancestors is shown by first cleaning their tomb and then praying to ancestors. Flowers, incense and food are placed at the tomb. Qingming Festival is also called as “Tomb Sweeping Day”, “Ancestor’s Day” and “Chinese Pure Brightness Festival”.
Holy Saturday (Easter Saturday) 11 April 2020 (Saturday) Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter. Churches in Singapore hold special Easter Vigil service. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Churches in Singapore.
Easter 12 April 2020 (Sunday) Christians celebrate the resurrection or rebirth of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Kids have a great time at Easter Egg hunts. Singapore churches see a large surge of worshippers; some churches hold special Easter Mass in open spaces, such as parks. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Churches in Singapore.
Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) 13 April 2020 (Monday) Baisakhi is the Indian Harvest Festival. It is mainly celebrated by people from North India. Baisakhi is also the start of the Punjabi New Year. For Sikhs it is the start of the Khalsa. Celebrations take place in the Gurudwaras of Singapore. This is a link to the Top 10 Best Hindu Temples in Singapore.
Start of Ramadan (29-days) 23 April 2019 (Thurdday) For Muslims Ramadan (aka “Ramzan”) is the Holy Month of Fasting. It is the holiest month of the year in Islam. Most adult Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramadan. Prophet Muhammad received the Holy Quran in the month of Ramadan. This is a link to the Top 10 Best And Most Famous Mosques in Singapore.
Mother’s Day 10 May 2020 (Sunday) In Singapore, Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May.
Father’s Day 21 June 2020 (Sunday) In Singapore, Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June.
Dragon Boat Festival 25 June 2020 (Thursday) Not just Dragon Boats from Singapore, but around the world compete in the exciting Dragon Boat Race. Bedok Reservoir is where the biggest Dragon Boat Race is held. Dragon Boat Festival is in memory of the poet Qu Yuan.
Singapore Armed Forces Day 1 July 2020 (Thursday) Singapore Armed Forces Day honours the service of the men and women of Sinfapore Armed Forces (SAF). A large parade is held on this day.
Racial Harmony Day 21 July 2020 (Tuesday) Singapore is a multi-ethnic society. Racial Harmony Day emphasizes the harmony and goodwill between Singapore’s ehtnic communities. On 21 July 1964 Race Riots had broken out.
Islamic New Year (1st Day of Muharram) 20 August 2020 (Thursday) Muharram is the first month of the lunar Islamic calander. Muslims celebrate Islamic New Year on the first day of Muharram.
Hungry Ghost Festival (Yu Lan Pen) 2 September 2020 (Wednesday) As per legend, ghosts visit earth during the seventh month of the Chinese calander. To prevent ghosts from causing mischief they have to be fed, entertained and looked after. The Hungry Ghost Festival, also known as “Yu Lan Pen” and “Zhong Yuan Jie”, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th Chinese month. Food, drinks, money, incense and prayers are offered to ancestors. Entertainment is in the form of concerts called “Getai”, comedy shows and Chinese Opera.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) 1 October 2020 (Thursday) According to Chinese legend, the Moon Goddess protected her people from an eveil king. Hence the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as “Moon Festival”. The Chinese Mid Autumn Festival takes place at the end of the Autumn harvest. This festival is celebrated with Lanterns (hence it is sometimes called “Lantern Festival”) and moon cakes.
Mawlid al-Nabi (Mawlid)- Birth of Prophet Muhammad 29 October 2020 (Thursday) Mawlid al-Nabi or “Mawlid” is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. In Singapore Mawlid al-Nabi is also known as Id-E-Milad, Maulid Nabi, Milad-Un-Nabi and Maulidur Rasul. This is a link to the Top 10 Best And Most Famous Mosques in Singapore.
Christmas Eve 24 December 2020 (Thursday) Churches in Singapore hold special Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Christmas is a major festival in Singapore. Since December sees a large influx of tourist, it is an important time for shopping and business. Streets, malls and shopping districts are brightly lit up. There are special events from Christmas to New Year. This is a link to Top 10 Best And Most Famous Churches in Singapore.
New Year’s Eve 31 December 2020 (Thursday) New Year’s Eve in Singapore is a day of fun and celebrations.



Deepavali (Diwali) lights in Little India, Singapore







  • 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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