The dates of 2021 have been released and Covid-19 or not, there’s only one thing we care about:
How many long weekends do we get “for free”?
And by free, I mean without using your precious annual leave.
By the way, the answer is four.
What if I tell you that you can get nine long weekends using just 5 days of leave?
Alright, let’s take a look at when the public holidays are, and how we can plan our annual leave to stretch the holidays into long weekends. (Original three-day weekends where you don’t have to take any leave will be marked with an asterisk (*).)
Of course, this is assuming that you have a five-day workweek.
New Year’s Day (1 January 2021, Friday)*
You get Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, but if you take an additional day of leave either on 31 December or on 4 January, you will get a four-day weekend.
Chinese New Year (12 & 13 February 2021, Friday & Saturday)*
You get Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, and that’s already a long weekend, but if you still want to go visiting, you can always take 11 or 15 February off!
Good Friday (2 April 2021, Friday)*
You get Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. Likewise, take 1 or 5 April off and you’ll have a longer holiday.
Labour Day (1 May 2021, Saturday) + Hari Raya Puasa (13 May 2021, Thursday)
Labour Day falls on a Saturday next year, so if you want a three-day weekend, you can simply take 30 April or 3 May off!
Take 14 May off and you’ll have a long weekend from 13 to 16 May to do your visiting!
Hari Raya Haji (20 July 2021, Tuesday)
Take 19 July off and you’ll have a long weekend from 17 to 20 July.
National Day (9 August 2021, Monday)*
You get Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off. You can opt to take 6 or 10 August off to have a four-day weekend.
Deepavali (4 November 2021, Thursday)
Take 5 November off and you’ll get to enjoy a long weekend from 4 to 7 November!
Christmas Day (25 December 2021, Saturday)
Take 24 or 27 December off and you’ll get to feast more on all the good food, or even just have more time to spend with your loved ones.
So there you have it, nine long weekends instead of just four.
You’re most welcome.