Singapore Bank Holidays 2021 can be your go to list whenever you want have a look at the public holidays and plan some vacations and getaways. On these days most institutions are closed, as well as office and shops.
“Holiday” is a word, which originated from another word “Haligdaeg. The meaning of this word is “holy day” in Old English. Whether you want to spend relaxing time at home or go on a vacation, these holidays are the perfect time to do both. Spending time with your family and friends is perfect for the festivities that are characteristic of these days.
Singapore, the Lion City, is an island city-state, situated in Southeast Asia. The holidays that are observed in Singapore are a mixture of numerous culture and different traditions, as the country itself has various cultures. Due to the variation of cultures in Singapore, the list of holidays will also be a mix of all those traditions.
On the holidays listed below, banks and most institutions are closed, giving the employees a chance to stay at home and enjoy some time off. The list has the dates for 2021, because for some holidays the dates may vary from year to year, along with a small description about the holiday itself. So, to help everybody know which holiday falls on which date the 123NewYear team has created a list of the holidays.
Here is the list for the bank holidays in the country of Singapore for the year 2021.
National and Local holidays
New Year's Day
|Friday - 1st of January 2021||National holiday|
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year, or January 1, in the Gregorian calendar.
In the Georgian Calendar, New Year’s Day denotes the start of a radical new year. Much the same as in different countries, Singapore celebrates the New Year in a stupendous and grand manner. The celebrations on the previous night, incorporates delightful firecracker and musical shows, feasts, competitions and numerous games and fun.
Central Square is the center of attraction and numerous performances adorn this place. One of the customs of New Year incorporates penning down one’s wishes and expectations on a white circle called ‘wishing sphere” and then into the Singapore river.
Chinese Lunar New Year's Day
|Friday - 12th of February 2021||National holiday|
Chinese New Year is the first day of the Chinese calendar, which is a lunisolar calendar mainly used for traditional celebrations.
This is likewise called the ‘Spring Festival’ or the ‘Lunar New year’. The date continues shifting since it relies upon the lunar calendar. Plans begin a long time before the start of this day and the entire of Singapore is in a frivolous state of mind amid this time.
Merriments incorporate conventional lion dance, extraordinary parades and stupendous feasts. It is a custom to present each other with mandarin oranges. These are supposed to be the harbinger of good fortunes. Youngsters spruce up in new garments and get cash in red envelopes from their relatives. People cleanup their houses and adorn it with decorations.
Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year
|Saturday - 13th of February 2021||National holiday|
Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year is a national holiday in Singapore
|Friday - 2nd of April 2021||National holiday|
Good Friday is a global Christian observance two days before Easter Sunday.
Numerous nations watch Good Friday as a national occasion on the Friday before Easter. The day celebrates the Crucifixion of Jesus. A few nations watch the Orthodox calendar in which Good Friday may happen on an alternate date. The most critical occasions in Christianity are the demise and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians accept as the Son of God, and whose life and lessons are the establishment of Christianity.
Great Friday is a day of grieving. Amid extraordinary Good Friday Church services, Christians think about Jesus’ agony and passing on the cross, and what this implies for their confidence. In a few nations, there are unique Good Friday parades, or plays that enact the Crucifixion.
|Saturday - 1st of May 2021||National holiday|
Labor Day, or May Day, is a day off for workers in many countries around the world.
Labour Day, also known as May Day, is a public holiday. It is celebrated on the 1st of May every year. Since 1960, this day is celebrated to honor the rights of laborers and workers, for their day to day efforts.
Previously, workers campaigned for their right to better working conditions and higher wages, but now it’s more about spending the day enjoying with friends and family.
Hari Raya Puasa
|Thursday - 13th of May 2021||National holiday|
Eid-al-Fitr is a holiday to mark the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during the hours of daylight.
Hari Raya Puyasa is a critical event celebrated by all Muslims. The words ‘Hari Raya’ signify ‘day of festivity.’ Many mix up Hari Raya Puyasa with the Muslim New Year. It denotes the finish of the long stretch of fasting during the month of Ramadan.
After the month long fasting is completed, the Muslims are happy to observe Hari Raya Puyasa. On the day of the celebrations, the Muslims wear their brand new garments and go to the mosque to pray. Muslims offer their gratitude to Allah (God) and then request pardoning from their seniors. They feel that asking absolution from their elders is an imperative custom. On the day, they additionally visit their relatives and companions to celebrate the cheerful event. Some most loved dishes that can be found in Muslims homes on this unique event are lontong, ketupat, nasi padang and some more.
|Wednesday - 26th of May 2021||National holiday|
Vesak Day is a national holiday in Singapore
Vesak Day is a Holy Day for Buddhists. Actually, it is viewed as the holiest day in the Buddhist Calendar. Buddha’s birthday is watched every year on the Sunday closest to the full moon in May. It is an occasion celebrated by Buddhists all over the world however; the correct date may differ from nation to nation.
Other than being the time when Buddhist monasteries wear an excellent show of lights, it is likewise the time when Buddhists spend the entire praying, singing Buddhist hymns and offering charitable donations for Buddhist monk.
Hari Raya Haji
|Tuesday - 20th of July 2021||National holiday|
Eid al-Adha (Id ul-Adha) is an Islamic festival falling on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (Thou al-Hijja) to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son.
Hari Raya Haji also known as Eid Al-Adha, usually falls on the tenth day of the period of Dzulhijjah, the most recent month of the lunar calendar, and denotes the finish of the yearly Haj – the journey to the heavenly city of Mecca. This celebration is praised all through the Muslim world as recognition of Prophet Abraham’s readiness to relinquish everything for Allah, including the life of Ishmael, his own child.
Muslims celebrate the event by sacrificing an animal, like sheep or goat and celebrating with family and friends. With regards to convention of ‘Eid, Muslims will dress up in new or unique garments, visit friends and relatives. Special social occasions and gatherings are organized and in addition offer blessings to their kids.
|Monday - 9th of August 2021||National holiday|
National Day is a national holiday in Singapore
Singapore praises its independence on 9 August, National Day. Festivities start around the final weeks of the month of July and go on till the end of August. These festivals will incorporate shows, carnivals, and numerous different merriments. The biggest occasion among the festivals is the yearly National Day Parade.
The parade is held in Singapore’s National Stadium before 60,000 individuals and is broadly broadcast. The parade highlights exhibitions from the military and school groups, a 400-piece drum outfit, solo vocalists, proficient dance routines, and shows by the Singapore Armed forces, which incorporate free fall parachute shows, vehicle shows, tower repelling, a presidential weapon salute and a national flag fly-by.
|Thursday - 4th of November 2021||National holiday|
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most popular Hindu festivals.
|Saturday - 25th of December 2021||National holiday|
Christmas Day is one of the biggest Christian celebrations and falls on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar.
Christmas Day commends the Nativity of Jesus, the date of which as indicated by convention occurred on 25th December 1 BC. On the off chance that 25 December falls on an end of the week, at that point a close-by week day might be taken as an occasion in lieu. One sixth of Singapore’s population being Christian, the Christmas day celebrations are truly grand in Singapore.
Special services are held at the Church and many people attend these services along with their family members. Beautiful decorations adorn the streets on this day. Traditional dishes like turkey roast, gingerbread, and eggnog as well as fruit cake feature on the menu of feasts that are held especially for Christmas. Concerts, parades are some of the festivities that are synonymous with Christmas.
Other important days
|Thursday - 28th of January 2021||Observance|
Thaipusam is a observance in Singapore
|Sunday - 14th of February 2021||Observance|
Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate love, romance and friendship.
Total Defense Day
|Monday - 15th of February 2021||Observance|
Total Defense Day is a observance in Singapore
International Women's Day
|Monday - 8th of March 2021||Observance|
International Women's Day is a observance in Singapore
|Saturday - 20th of March 2021||Season|
March Equinox in Singapore (Singapore)
April Fool's Day
|Thursday - 1st of April 2021||Observance|
April Fool's Day is a observance in Singapore
|Saturday - 3rd of April 2021||Observance|
Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday.
|Sunday - 4th of April 2021||Observance|
Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection, according to Christian belief.
|Sunday - 9th of May 2021||Observance|
Mother’s Day celebrates the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures.
International Museum Day
|Tuesday - 18th of May 2021||Observance|
International Museum Day is a observance in Singapore
|Sunday - 20th of June 2021||Observance|
Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting on different dates worldwide.
|Monday - 21st of June 2021||Season|
June Solstice in Singapore (Singapore)
Singapore Armed Forces Day
|Thursday - 1st of July 2021||Observance|
Singapore Armed Forces Day is a observance in Singapore
Racial Harmony Day
|Wednesday - 21st of July 2021||Observance|
Racial Harmony Day is a observance in Singapore
|Wednesday - 22nd of September 2021||Season|
September Equinox in Singapore (Singapore)
|Friday - 8th of October 2021||Observance|
Children's Day is a observance in Singapore
|Tuesday - 21st of December 2021||Season|
December Solstice in Singapore (Singapore)
|Friday - 24th of December 2021||Observance|
Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day and falls on December 24 in the Gregorian calendar.
New Year's Eve
|Friday - 31st of December 2021||Observance|
New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year, December 31, in the Gregorian calendar.