Heads up! Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower just announced that there are 7 long weekends in total in 2020!
As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. There are 7 long weekends in 2020, and with that in mind, I’m sure you must be eager to book your tickets to your next travel destination!
Here are the Public Holidays for 2020, broken down by months for your easy reference.
We have also highlighted the recommended days to apply for leave, so as to maximise your weekends as much as possible!
Public Holidays and Long Weekends for 2020
A Purple calendar signifies that the day is a Public Holiday
A Red calendar signifies that the day is a Weekend
A Blue calendar signifies the recommended day to apply for leave in order to maximise your weekend
- 1 January 2020 – Wednesday – New Year’s Day
- 25 January 2020 – Saturday – Chinese New Year
- 26 January 2020 – Sunday – Chinese New Year*
- 10 April 2020 – Friday – Good Friday
- 1 May 2020 – Friday – Labour Day
- 7 May 2020 – Thursday – Vesak Day
- 24 May 2020 – Sunday – Hari Raya Puasa**
- 31 July 2020 – Friday – Hari Raya Haji
- 9 August 2020 – Sunday – National Day***
- 14 November 2020 – Saturday – Deepavali
- 25 December 2020 – Friday – Christmas Day
*Monday, 27 January 2020, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 26 January 2020.
**Monday, 25 May 2020, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 24 May 2020.
***Monday, 10 August 2020, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 9 August 2020.
If you maximise your 14 days of leave, you’ll get 46 days off in 2020!
Employee Entitlements for Public Holidays, under the Employment Act
Here are some things YOU should know as an employee, regarding your entitlements on a public holiday:
- Employees are entitled to the gross rate of pay on a public holiday if they were not absent on a working day immediately before or after a holiday without consent or a reasonable excuse, or were are on authorised leave (e.g. sick leave, annual leave) on the day immediately before or after a holiday.
- If employees are required to work on a public holiday, they should be paid an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.
- If employees work on a public holiday, they and the employer can mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
- For employees in a managerial or executive position, the employer may grant time off in lieu for working on a public holiday. The time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.
- For more information, please visit the Ministry of Manpower’s official website to see what the Employment Act covers when it comes to Public Holidays!
What are you waiting for? Book your travel tickets NOW to ensure you get them at the best price!