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Public Holiday 2022 - How To Maximize The Long Weekends in 2022

June 15, 2021 by The Fun Empire Team

Singapore Public Holidays

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I am sure that most people love public holidays. The Singapore public holiday is such a good time to do whatever you want, be it having bonding sessions with friends or watching your favorite television series at home.

The good news is that according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), there will be 11 public holidays and 5 long weekends in 2022. In this article, I will show you the ways in which you can maximize the long weekends in 2022 that include the public holidays.

In the meantime, if you are looking for team-building games or planning to celebrate birthdays with your family or friends, please feel free to check out our other articles listed below.

Public HolidayDateDay
New Year’s Day1 January 2022Saturday
Chinese New Year1 February 2022
2 February 2022
Tuesday
Wednesday
Good Friday15 April 2022Friday
Labour Day
(Tuesday, 3 May 2022, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 1 May 2022)
1 May 2022Sunday
Hari Raya Puasa2 May 2022Monday
Vesak Day
(Monday, 16 May 2022, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 15 May 2022)
15 May 2022Sunday
Hari Raya Haji9 July 2022Saturday
National Day9 August 2022Tuesday
Deepavali24 October 2022Monday
Christmas Day
(Monday, 26 December 2022, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 25 December 2022)
25 December 2022Sunday
Singapore Public Holiday

So are you thinking of how to maximise the long weekends due to public holidays?

Well, you have to use 7 days of your annual leave and use your leave on the occasions listed below. As a reward, you will have 32 days off work in 2022 (excluding the rest of your annual leave and weekends)!

1. Chinese New Year

Due to Chinese New Year, 1 Feb 2022 (Tue) and 2 Feb 2022 (Wed) will be public holidays.

To maximise these public holidays, this is what you will need to do:

  • Saturday (29 Jan 2022): Weekend
  • Sunday (30 Jan 2022): Weekend
  • Monday (31 Jan 2022): Take Leave
  • Tuesday (1 Feb 2022): Chinese New Year Day 1 (public holiday)
  • Wednesday (2 Feb 2022): Chinese New Year Day 2 (public holiday)

If you do not mind using your annual leave early, you can enjoy this ocassion with 5 days off consecutively.

2. Good Friday

Good Friday in 2022 will be happening on 15 April (Fri).

To maximise this public holiday, this is what you will need to do:

  • Thursday (14 Apr 2022): Take Leave
  • Friday (15 Apr 2022): Good Friday
  • Saturday (16 Apr 2022): Weekend
  • Sunday (17 Apr 2022): Weekend

You can enjoy 4 consecutive days off work with this method. In addition, you may want to consider taking your leave on 18 Apr (Mon) if you have Monday Blues!

3. Labour Day and Hari Raya Puasa

In 2022, Labour Day will be on 1 May (Sun) and Hari Raya Puasa will fall on 2 May 2022 (Mon). As Labour Day falls on a Sunday, 3 May (Tue) will be off in lieu.

Here is how you should maximise these public holidays:

  • Saturday (30 Apr 2022): Weekend
  • Sunday (1 May 2022): Labour Day
  • Monday (2 May 2022): Hari Raya Puasa (public holiday)
  • Tuesday (3 May 2022): Labour Day Off in Lieu (public holiday)
  • Wednesday (4 May 2022): Take Leave

With this plan, you will be entitled 5 days of off consecutively!

4. Vesak Day

Vesak Day falls on 15 May (Sun) in 2022. Since Vesak Day is on a Sunday, 16 May (Mon) will be a off in lieu.

This is my recommendation for this long weekend:

  • Saturday (14 May 2022): Weekend
  • Sunday (15 May 2022): Vesak Day
  • Monday (16 May 2022): Vesak Day Off in Lieu (Public Holiday)
  • Tuesday ( 17 May 2022): Take Leave

You will enjoy 4 consecutive days of off with this.

5. National Day

Singapore will celebrate her birthday on 9 Aug 2022 (Tue).

You can do this to maximise your national day weekend:

  • Saturday (6 Aug 2022): Weekend
  • Sunday (7 Aug 2022): Weekend
  • Monday (8 Aug 2022): Take Leave
  • Tuesday (9 Aug 2022): National Day (Public Holiday)

You will enjoy 4 consecutive days of off with this.

6. Deepavali

Deepavali will fall on 24 Oct 2022 (Mon). This means that there will be a 3 days long weekend for you.

You can do this to maximise your long weekend:

  • Friday (21 Oct 2022): Take Leave
  • Saturday (22 Oct 2022): Weekend
  • Sunday (23 Oct 2022): Weekend
  • Monday (24 Oct 2022): Deepavali (Public Holiday)

There will be 4 consecutive days off for you. Alternatively, you may want to consider taking leave on Tuesday (25 Oct) to make the week from 24 Oct to 28 Oct shorter. In addition, if your company is releasing you early on 21 Oct (Fri), taking leave on Tuesday (25 Oct) will be a better choice if you want to extend your Deepavali weekend.

7. Christmas

Christmas will fall on 25 Dec 2022 (Sun). Because Christmas falls on a Sunday, 26 Dec 2022 (Mon) will be a off in lieu.

It is recommended that you take a day of leave on 27 Dec (Tues) as many companies are likely to give their employees a half-day off on 23 Dec (Friday) due to Christmas. Hence, you might want to consider the following plan:

  • Saturday (24 Dec 2022): Weekend
  • Sunday (25 Dec 2022): Christmas Day
  • Monday (26 Dec 2022): Christmas Day Off in Lieu (Public Holiday)
  • Tuesday (27 Dec 2022): Take Leave

You can enjoy 4 consecutive days of off if you following this plan.

At this moment, you may think that l have missed out on New Year's Day and Hari Raya Haji which falls on 1 Jan 2022 (Sat) and 9 Jul 2022 (Sat) respectively.

Unfortunately, both days fall on a Saturday which means there will not be off in lieu. However, due to Singapore's Employment Act, if a public holiday falls on a non-working day, you are entitled to have a day off or one extra day's salary. This means that if a public holiday falls on a Saturday, you should get a day off in lieu OR one extra day of salary. Hence, it is not that bad even if a public holiday falls on a Saturday!

Just a final note, if you are currently serving national service, taking a day of leave on Monday is usually better compared to taking a day of leave on Friday as most army camps in Singapore release early on Fridays.

We have come to the end of this article, we hoped that the contents in this article have helped you a little in planning for your long weekends in 2022.

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