Singapore Public Holidays 2021-2022: How to maximise your leave days

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Editor’s Note: ‘Singapore Public Holidays 2021-2022: How to maximise your leave days’ was published on 26 July 2021. It has been updated on 25 Oct 2021 with the new inclusion of 10 July 2022 (Sunday) as a public holiday.

As we approach the last quarter of 2021, you may want to start clearing your Annual Leave in tandem with each Singapore Public Holiday before the year-end. With some creative planning of leave, you can even plan for longer breaks in 2022!

In fact, planning your leave early is a great way to gauge how much work you need to clear before each break. So, let’s dive into the complete list of Singapore Public Holidays 2021 – 2022, and how you can maximise your time-off in advance.

1) Take note of the dates for each Singapore Public Holiday

If you’re not sure where to begin, fret not! We’ve got just the cheat sheet for you. Simply bookmark this article and start taking notes.

Be quick about it, as you may want to beat your colleagues in reserving Annual Leave as soon as possible!

2021 Singapore Public Holiday

Public HolidayDateDay
New Year’s Day1 Jan 2021Fri
Chinese New Year12 Feb 2021
13 Feb 2021
Fri
Sat
Good Friday2 April 2021Fri
Labour Day1 May 2021Sat
Hari Raya Puasa13 May 2021Thu
Vesak Day26 May 2021Wed
Hari Raya Haji20 July 2021Tue
National Day9 Aug 2021Mon
Deepavali4 Nov 2021Thu
Christmas Day25 Dec 2021Sat

2022 Singapore Public Holiday

Public HolidayDateDay
New Year’s Day1 Jan 2022Sat
Chinese New Year1 Feb 2022
2 Feb 2022
Tue
Wed
Good Friday15 Apr 2022Fri
Labour Day1 May 2022Sun
Hari Raya Puasa3 May 2022Tue
Vesak Day15 May 2022Sun
Hari Raya Haji10 July 2022Sun
National Day9 Aug 2022Tue
Deepavali24 Oct 2022Mon
Christmas Day25 Dec 2022Sun

2) Keep track of your Off-in-Lieu entitlements for each Singapore Public Holiday

If you work a 5-day work week (Mon to Fri), you are entitled to a 1-day off-in-lieu for each Public Holiday that falls on Saturday or Sunday. Otherwise, your employer must give you at least 1-day off-in-lieu for each Public Holiday that falls on a Sunday, according to the Employment Act.

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Depending on your company policy, you can make use of the off-in-lieu immediately after that Public Holiday or save it for later.  If your company allows you to automatically enjoy off-in-lieu immediately, your off-in-lieu leave days should be as follows:

2021 Off-in-lieu Entitlement

Singapore Public HolidayHoliday periodOff-in-Lieu Leave (required)
Chinese New YearFri, 12 Feb – Mon, 15 Feb 2021 (4 days) 1 off-in-lieu (Mon, 15 Feb 2021)
Hari Raya PuasaThu, 13 May – Sun, 16 May 2021 (4 days)1 off-in-lieu (Fri, 14 May 2021)
Hari Raya HajiSat, 17 July – Tue, 20 July 2021 (4 days) 1 off-in-lieu (Mon, 19 July 2021)
DeepavaliThu, 4 Nov – Sun, 7 Nov 2021 (4 days) 1 off-in-lieu (Fri, 5 Nov 2021)
TOTAL 16 days4 days
Source: https://publicholidays.sg/2021-dates/

2022 Off-in-lieu Entitlement

Singapore Public HolidayHoliday PeriodOff-in-lieu Leave (required)
New Year’s DaySat, 1 Jan 20221 off-in-lieu (Mon, 3 Jan 2022)
Labour DaySun, 1 May 2022 1 off-in-lieu (Mon, 2 May 2022)
Hari Raya PuasaTue, 3 May 20221 off-in-lieu (Tue, 3 May 2022)
Vesak DaySun, 15 May 20221 off-in-lieu (Mon, 16 May 2022)
Hari Raya HajiSun, 10 Jul 20221 off-in-lieu (Mon, 11 Jul 2022)
Christmas DaySun, 25 Dec 20221 off-in-lieu (Mon, 26 Dec 2022)
TOTAL 5 days5 days
Source: https://publicholidays.sg/2022-dates/
Labour Day OIL falls on 3 May (Tue) because 2 May (Mon) is a Hari Raya Puasa public holiday

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3) Start maximising your long weekends in the last quarter of 2021

Aug 2021: 3-day long weekend with National Day

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Monday, 9 Aug 2021

Annual Leave Date(s): N/A

Enjoy a 3-day long weekend.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
2 Aug3 Aug4 Aug5 Aug6 Aug7 Aug8 Aug
9 Aug (PH)10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Aug15 Aug

Nov 2021: 9-day long weekend with Deepavali

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Monday, 4 Nov 2021

Annual Leave Date(s):

  • Monday, 1 Nov 2021
  • Tuesday, 2 Nov 2021
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021
  • Friday, 4 Nov 2021

Enjoy a 9-day break by applying for four days of annual leave. Alternatively, you can take just Friday (5 Nov) off for a 4-day long weekend.  

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
25 Oct26 Oct27 Oct28 Oct29 Oct30 Oct 31 Oct
1  Nov
(AL)
2 Nov
(AL)
3 Nov
(AL)
4 Nov (PH)5 Nov
(AL)
6 Nov7 Nov

Dec 2021: 9-day break with Christmas and New Year

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Saturday, 25 Dec 2021
  • Saturday, 1 Jan 2021

Annual Leave Date(s):

  • Monday, 27 Dec 2021
  • Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021
  • Wednesday, 29 Dec 2021
  • Thursday, 30 Dec 2021
  • Friday, 31 Dec 2021
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
20 Dec21 Dec22 Dec23 Dec24 Dec25 Dec (PH)26 Dec
27 Dec
(AL)
28 Dec
(AL)
29 Dec
(AL)
30 Dec
(AL)
31 Dec
(AL)
1 Jan (PH)2 Jan
3 Jan

4) Maximise your long weekends further for 2022

Feb 2022: 5-day long weekend with Chinese New Year

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Tuesday, 2 Feb 2022
  • Wednesday, 3 Feb 2022

Annual Leave Date(s):

  • Monday, 1 Feb 2022

Enjoy a 5-day long weekend when you take Monday off.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
25 Jan26 Jan27 Jan28 Jan29 Jan30 Jan31 Jan
1 Feb (AL)2 Feb (PH)3 Feb (PH)4 Feb5 Feb6 Feb7 Feb

Apr 2022: 3-day long weekend with Good Friday

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Friday, 15 Apr 2022

Annual Leave Date(s): N/A

Enjoy a 3-day long weekend.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
11 Apr12 Apr13 Apr14 Apr15 Apr
(PH)
16 Apr17 Apr

May 2022: 2 long weekends with Labour Day, Hari Raya Puasa, and Vesak Day

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Sunday, 1 May 2022 (Labour Day)
  • Monday, 2 May 2022 (Labour Day off-in-lieu)
  • Tuesday, 3 May 2022 (Hari Raya Puasa)
  • Sunday, 15 May 2022 (Vesak Day)

Annual Leave Date(s): N/A

Enjoy a 4-day long weekend and a 3-day long weekend in May.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
25 Apr26 Apr27 Apr28 Apr29 Apr30 Apr1 May
(PH)
2 May
(PH)
3 May
(OIL)
4 May5 May6 May7 May8 May
9 May10 May11 May12 May13 May14 May15 May (PH)
16 May
(OIL)
17 May18 May19 May20 May21 May22 May

Jul 2022: 3-day long weekend with Hari Raya Haji

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Saturday, 9 July 2022

Annual Leave Date(s): N/A

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
4 Jul5 Jul6 Jul7 Jul8 Jul9 Jul10 Jul
(PH)
11 Jul (OIL)12 Jul13 Jul14 Jul15 Jul16 Jul17 Jul

Aug 2022: 3-day long weekend with National Day

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Tuesday, 9 Aug 2022

Annual Leave Date(s):

Enjoy a 4-day long weekend when you take Monday off.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
1 Aug2 Aug3 Aug4 Aug5 Aug6 Aug7 Aug
8 Aug (AL)9 Aug (PH)10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Aug

Oct 2022: 3-day long weekend with Deepavali

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Monday, 24 Oct 2022

Annual Leave Date(s): N/A

Enjoy a 3-day long weekend.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
17 Oct18 Oct19 Oct20 Oct21 Oct22 Oct23 Oct
24 Oct (PH)25 Oct26 Oct27 Oct28 Oct29 Oct30 Oct

Dec 2022: 9-day break with Christmas and the New Year

Public Holiday Date(s):

  • Sunday, 25 Dec 2022

Annual Leave Date(s):

  • Monday, 26 Dec – Friday, 30 Dec 2022
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
19 Dec20 Dec21 Dec22 Dec23 Dec24 Dec25 Dec
(PH)
26 Dec
(AL)
27 Dec
(AL)
28 Dec
(AL)
29 Dec
(AL)
30 Dec
(AL)
31 Dec1 Jan (PH)

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