Want to make a Singaporean melt into your arms?
All you got to do is grab them and whisper “long weekend” and “public holiday” into their ear to get them to crumble.
Truly, what is sexier than not waking up at 7:00am to the koel bird threatening to give you a migraine?
Today (6 April), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released the gazetted public holidays of the upcoming year to the delight of many Singaporeans.
In total, there will be 11 public holidays with three falling on Sundays, two on Mondays and one on Friday:
- New Year’s Day – 1 January (Saturday)
- Chinese New Year – 1 and 2 February (Tuesday and Wednesday)
- Good Friday – 15 April (Friday, duh)
- Labour Day – 1 May (Sunday)
- Hari Raya Puasa – 2 May (Monday)
- Vesak Day – 15 May (Sunday)
- Hari Raya Haji – 9 July (Saturday)
- National Day – 9 August (Tuesday)
- Deepavali – 24 October (Monday)
- Christmas Day – 25 December (Sunday)
Everyone say thank you to the calendar gods for giving us not four, but five long weekends next year!
Interestingly, Labour Day and Hari Raya Puasa fall on consecutive days. Since Labour Day falls on a Sunday and Hari Raya Puasa will be celebrated on Monday, there will be a day off in lieu on Tuesday (3 May).
This means that we’ll be able to enjoy a super long four-day weekend!
In addition, Vesak Day and Christmas Day will allow for a day off on Monday as they are celebrated during the weekend.
For those who celebrate the Lunar New Year, there is also the possibility of a five-day weekend for the festivities should you take Monday off.
Feeling Bored? Go And Explore Singapore
If the pandemic situation doesn’t get any better by next year, I think that we can all say goodbye to our sanity sooner or later.
While we patiently wait for the world to open up carefully (though the global immunisation progress is looking pretty meh), we can always explore our own little island backyard.
Take, for instance, a trip around Singapore searching for our iconic landmarks that don’t consist of the basic tourist stuff.
We aren’t having any of that Singapore Flyer and Merlion nonsense here.
Instead, take a gander (or bike) along the Helix bridge and Cavanagh bridge, or be mystified by our own Gotham-looking building and have something to drink at the fancy bar.
You could also make your way down to the Raffles Marina Lighthouse that overlooks the Tuas causeway to Malaysia!
Sounds interesting? Check out this article for more unique landmarks of Singapore to visit!
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