Singapore Calendar 2013
If there is one thing that can be said about Singapore, it’s that it is a “Fine City.” Everything that seems innocent in other cities, like chewing gum and spitting, are fined! But look past that, and Singapore is a traveler’s dream destination. Just be sure not to be caught in these public holidays and observances.
New Year’s Day – New Year’s Day is as celebrated here as in other parts of the world that uses the same Gregorian calendar.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Tahun Baru Cina/Hari Raya Cina
The Chinese New Year – Singpore is home to a significant Chinese population, and where there are Chinese, there are their traditions. The Chinese New Year is just one of these traditions in the Singapore calendar 2013 and is considered a national holiday. This celebrates the coming of the second day of the lunar year. This is the Chinese equivalent of the arrival of spring.
Monday, 11 February 2013
Hari Pertahanan Mutlak
Total Defense Day – This marks the day of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore after the British gave up Singapore to Japan. This is merely an observance and not a national holiday.
Friday, 15 February 2013
Hari Jumaat Agung
Good Friday – In the Christendom, Good Friday commemorates the death of the Savior in the cross. In Malaysia, where Muslims outnumber Christians by the ten-folds, Good Friday is an observance among the devout.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Easter Sunday – Along with Good Friday, Easter Sunday is a highly Catholic and Christian tradition, and as such, considered not as national holidays but merely observances. Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Christ three days after his death.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Cheng Beng or Qing Ming
The Qingming Festival – This is the first Sunday after the Paschal Moon or the Sunday after the vernal equinox. In the western Hemisphere, this is equivalent to ‘grave sweeping’ or All Souls’ Day.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Vesak Day – Similar to India’s Buddha Purnima, this day celebrates the natal day and enlightenment of Gautama Buddha.
Friday, 24 May 2013
Hari Angkatan Bersenjata Singapura
Singapore Armed Forces Day – This is the day when the country’s armed forces like the marines, the navy, the army and the air force are honored. There is a parade of colors and the parade of troops.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Hari Keharmonian Kaum
Racial Harmony Day – Singapore, being the melting pot in this part of Southeast Asia, should indeed observe a day for racial harmony. The Racial Harmony Day is to commemorate the 1964 race riots between the Chinese and Malay, and to make sure that no other tensions with race relations arise, or problems are minimized.
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Hari Raya Puasa
The End of Ramadan – Fasting is a spiritual requirement among the Muslims, and the end of Ramadan signals the end of cleansing and the beginning of a ‘clean slate.’
Thursday, 8 August 2013
National Day – Celebrates the secession of Singapore from the Federation of Malaya (Malaysia) in 1965. Apparently, this is a national holiday celebrated with fireworks and great pomp.
Friday, 9 August 2013
The Hungry Ghost Festival – In a country with sizable Chinese population, it is inevitable that certain traditions from the mainland are observed, like the Hungry Ghost Festival. On the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, the portal between the living and the dead are opened, so that the departed visit their living relatives. The relatives in turn welcome them and prepare a feast for their arrival.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Hari Raya Haji
The Pilgrimage Festival – Every Muslim is obliged to complete a pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime. Hari Raya Haji, a national holiday in Singapore calendar 2013, is usually celebrated upon the return of the faithful from the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Diwali – This day marks the defeat of the demon Naraka by the Hindu deity Krishna and the return of Lord Rama to Ayodha after vanquishing Ravana, another demon king.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Christmas Eve and Day – The Christians celebrate the birth of their savior on this day, in the same way that all other religious denominations in the world celebrate the birth of important people in their faith.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013