Singapore to have 4 long weekends next year

Singapore will have four long weekends in 2019 as the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) today released the list of the country’s public holidays for next year.

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) today released the list of Singapore's public holidays for 2019.
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) today released the list of Singapore's public holidays for 2019. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of MOM

According to the list, there will be four long weekends (with holidays either following on a Friday or Monday) in 2019. There will be two public holidays that fall on a Friday- Good Friday (April 19) and National Day (August 9).

In addition to this, there are three holidays which are falling on a Sunday, meaning that the following Monday will be a public holiday. These days include Vesak Day (May 19), Hari Raya Haji (August 11) and Deepavali (October 27).

The dates of the 11 gazetted public holidays for 2019 are as follows:

  1. New Year’s Day                                             January 1, 2019                            Tuesday
  2. Chinese New Year                                        February 5, 2019                           Tuesday
  3.                                                                           February 6, 2019                         Wednesday
  4. Good Friday                                                   April 19, 2019                                   Friday
  5. Labour Day                                                    May 1, 2019                                    Wednesday
  6. Vesak Day                                                      May 19, 2019                                      Sunday
  7. Hari Raya Puasa                                           June 5, 2019                                    Wednesday
  8. National Day                                                 August 9, 2019                                   Friday
  9. Hari Raya Haji                                             August 11, 2019                                 Sunday
  10. Deepavali                                                     October 27, 2019                               Sunday
  11. Christmas Day                                            December 25, 2019                           Wednesday

Though there are four long weekends in 2018, there were seven long weekends in 2017 and 2015 and six in 2016.

MOM has also clarified that under the Employment Act, if a public holiday falls on a Saturday, an employee who is not required to work on a Saturday is entitled to another day off or an extra day's salary in lieu of that public holiday.

In addition to this, workers required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day's salary at the basic rate of pay, or the employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.

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