Singapore: Holidays                                          

There are eleven public holidays in Singapore. They include:

Holiday Name                                Duration                             Date Celebrated

New Year’s Day                             1-day                                     January 1

Details: First day of the Gregorian calendar year.

 

Chinese New Year                          2-days                                   Variable dates

Details: First day of the Chinese calendar year.

 

Good Friday (Christian)                 1-day                                     Variable date

Details: Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

 

Labor Day                                       1-day                                       May 1

 

Vesak Day (Buddhist)                    1-day                            Variable (usually in May)

Details: Commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvana) and death of Gautama Buddhain (photo).

 

Hari Raya Puasa (Islamic)             1-day                                     Variable date

Details: The festival of Eid, known in Singapore as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa, falls on the first day of Syawal, the 10th month of the Hijrah (Islamic) calendar. It is a celebratory occasion following a month of fasting, which is known as Ramadan. Hari Raya is Malay for "grand day of rejoicing". In Singapore, it is the most prominent of all Muslim festivals.


National Day                                   1-day                                        August 9

Details: Commemorates Singapore's independence from Malaysia in the year 1965. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations.

Hari Raya Haji (Islamic)                  4-days                                   Variable dates

Details: Muslims in Singapore remember their faith with prayer and reflection during Hari Raya Haji, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. Lasting four days, Hari Raya Haji commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham's) complete faith and trust in God.

 

Deepavali (Hindu)                              1-day                         Variable date in autumn

Details: Deepavali (or Diwali) is a festival celebrated by all Hindus to commemorate Lord Rama and his wife, Sita's return to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

 

Christmas Day (Christian)                  1-day                                   December 25

Details: Commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. 

Singapore: Leisure                                   

Singaporeans participate in a wide variety of sports. Popular sports include football, swimming, badminton, basketball and table tennis. Most people live in public residential areas that often provide amenities including swimming pools, outdoor basketball courts as well as indoor sport centers.


Living on an island surrounded by the ocean, there are a number of water activities available including sailing, kayaking and waterskiing. There are also a number of avid recreational scuba divers.

Association football is arguably the most popular sport in the country. Singapore has its own professional football league consisting of 10 teams competing with each other in stadiums around the country.