|Opportunity for seven long weekends in 2013|
|SINGAPORE - Singaporeans can look forward to five official long weekends in 2013, including two four-day-weekends for Chinese New Year (CNY), Hari Raya Puasa and National Day.|
CNY falls on February 10 and 11 which are a Sunday and Monday. The next day, Tuesday, February 12, will be also a public holiday.
Hari Raya Puasa falls on Thursday, August 8 while National Day is celebrated the next day (Friday, August 9) which results in the second four-day weekend.
Other long weekends include Good Friday (Friday, March 29), Vesak Day (Friday, May 24) and Deepavali (Sunday, November 3).
The date for Deepavali needs to be confirmed against the Indian Almanac when it is available. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will make an official announcement should there be a change of date.
There is no change to the date for Deepavali this year. It will hence remain as November 13, 2012.
Meanwhile, New Year's Day (January 1) and Hari Raya Haji (October 15) both fall on Tuesdays in 2013. Therefore, taking two days of leave will result in two more long weekends.
|New Year's Day||January 1, 2013||Tuesday|
|Chinese New Year||February 10, 2013|
February 11, 2013
|Good Friday||March 29, 2013||Friday|
|Labour Day||May 1, 2013||Wednesday|
|Vesak Day||May 24, 2013||Friday|
|Hari Raya Puasa||August 8, 2013||Thursday|
|National Day||August 9, 2013||Friday|
|Hari Raya Haji||October 15, 2013||Tuesday|
|Deepavali||November 3, 2013||Sunday#|
|Christmas Day||December 25, 2013||Wednesday|
Under the Employment Act, an employee who is required to work on a public holiday is entitled to an extra day's salary at the basic rate of pay, in addition to the gross rate of pay for that holiday. The employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for any other day.