Singapore has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s best places to work, live, and start a company. That’s why people from all over the world come to Singapore, creating a diverse community of people with various cultural and religious backgrounds.
This unique mix has put Singapore on the map as a multi-cultural country with an array of celebrations that are observed through the year.
Key Public Holidays Celebrated in Singapore
As a nation that celebrates diversity and multi-culturalism, we have public holidays for each of our ethnic groups – Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Eurasian. These festivals are considered the main public holidays for Singaporeans, alongside National Day, which falls on August 9 every year, to celebrate the nation’s independence.
|Key Public Holidays
||What is the occasion about?
|Chinese New Year
- Marks the start of the lunar new year
- Only public holiday in Singapore that has 2 consecutive non-working days
- Best place to visit during this time: Chinatown
| Hari Raya Aidilfitri
- Also known as Hari Raya Puasa or Eid al-Fitr
- Marks the end of Ramadan where Muslims fast during daylight hours
| Singapore National Day
- Marks Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965
- Often celebrated with live parade, performances, fireworks, festive sales, and activities
- Aims to bring out the Singapore spirit
| Hari Raya Haji
- Also known as Hari Raya Qurban or Eid al-Adha – “Festival of the Sacrifice”
- Day is spent praying at the mosque and sharing of one’s wealth with the less privileged
- Usually celebrated with bazaars
- Most important festival for our Hindu community
- Symbolises the triumph of light over darkness – the victory of good over evil
- Visit Little India for colourful and spectacular light-ups and decorations
- The season of giving, celebrated mostly by Christians
- Visit the world-famous Orchard Road for stunning Christmas decorations along its streets
Aside from those, if there is a general or presidential election in Singapore, Polling Day will also be an official public holiday. This is the government’s way of encouraging the Singaporean popular to exercise their rights and duties to the country by casting their vote. However, by-elections are not considered as a public holiday.