It’s only the beginning of the year.
But if you’ve been feeling like this:
Then boy have I got some good news for you.
According to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Singapore public holiday list for 2020, it looks like there’ll be 7 loooooong weekends if you plan your leave right.
And guess what?
After I took a closer look at the calendar, I discovered a way to take 11 days of leave to enjoy a grand total of… 40 DAYS OFF WORK!
Oh yeah… It’s real.
TL;DR: Singapore Public Holidays 2020
|New Year’s Day||1 Jan 2020||Wednesday|
|Chinese New Year||25 Jan 2020||Saturday|
|26 Jan 2020||Sunday|
|Good Friday||10 Apr 2020||Friday|
|Labour Day||1 May 2020||Friday|
|Vesak Day||7 May 2020||Thursday|
|Hari Raya Puasa||24 May 2020||Sunday|
|Hari Raya Haji||31 Jul 2020||Friday|
|National Day||9 Aug 2020||Sunday|
|Deepavali||14 Nov 2020||Saturday|
|Christmas Day||25 Dec 2020||Friday|
Long Weekends In Singapore 2020
So… How do you take 11 days of leave to get 40 days off work you ask?
We got you, fam.
1) January 2020 (3 days of leave)
- 1 Jan (Wed): New Year’s Day
- 2 Jan (Thu): Leave
- 3 Jan (Fri): Leave
- 4 – 5 Jan (Sat – Sun): Weekend
- 24 Jan (Fri): Leave
- 25 – 26 Jan (Sat – Sun): Chinese New Year/ Weekend
- 27 Jan (Mon): Chinese New Year Off
2) April 2020 (1 day of leave)
- 9 Apr (Thu): Leave
- 10 Apr (Fri): Good Friday
- 11 – 12 Apr (Sat – Sun): Weekend
3) May 2020 (3 days of leave)
- 1 May (Fri): Labour Day
- 2 – 3 May (Sat – Sun): Weekend
- 4 May (Mon): Leave
- 7 May (Thu): Vesak Day
- 8 May (Fri): Leave
- 9 – 10 May (Sat – Sun): Weekend
If you want a 10 day holiday for only 4 days of leave, take 5 to 6 May (Tue to Wed) and this could be you:
- 22 May (Fri): Leave
- 23 May (Sat): Weekend
- 24 May (Sun): Hari Raya Puasa
- 25 May (Mon): Hari Raya Puasa Off
4) July 2020 (1 day of leave)
- 31 Jul (Fri): Hari Raya Haji
- 1 – 2 Aug (Sat – Sun): Weekend
- 3 Aug (Mon): Leave
5) August 2020 (1 day of leave)
- 7 Aug (Fri): Leave
- 8 Aug (Sat): Weekend
- 9 Aug (Sun): National Day
- 10 Aug (Mon): National Day Off
6) December 2020 (2 days of leave)
- 24 Dec (Thu): Leave
- 25 Dec (Fri): Christmas Day
- 26 – 27 Dec (Sat – Sun): Weekend
- 31 Dec (Thu): Leave
- 1 Jan 2021 (Fri): New Year’s Day
- 2 – 3 Jan 2021 (Sat – Sun): Weekend
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering where’s Deepavali.
Deepavali falls on a Saturday in October so there’s no long weekend there.
But hey, you have no excuse not to partake in the festivities surrounding the Festival of Lights since it’s on a Saturday!
Plus, have you seen the yearly Little India Deepavali Light Up?
A Heads-Up If Your Company’s HR Is Damn Cui…
Did you know that under the amended Employment Act, which came into effect on 1 April 2019, ALL managers and executives regardless of salary level will be entitled to:
- A minimum of seven to 14 days of paid annual leave
- 11 paid public holidays
- 14 days of paid sick leave
- maternity protection
- childcare leave
- protection against wrongful dismissal, and etc.
When previously, only managers and executives earning up to $4,500 a month were entitled to this?!
This means that if you work on a public holiday, you are ENTITLED to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.
Alternatively, your employer and you can agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
This new rule applies to:
- Workmen (such as cleaners, construction workers, and machine operators) earning more than $4,500 a month
- Non-workmen earning more than $2,600 a month
- All managers and executives regardless of salary range
It always pays to know what you’re entitled to as an employee.
We got you, fam.