Source:Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: April 7, 2014
Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released the official list of non-working public holidays in Singapore for the upcoming calendar year 2014 which includes, once again, a probable error in the date of the 2014 Deepavali public holiday in Singapore.
As usual, and in particular since the 2009 Deepavali fiasco (2009-02-10 and 2008-02-25), and the 2013 error in the announced date of the 2013 Deepavali public holiday in Singapore (2013-04-09 and 2012-04-09), the MOM site points out that "Tentatively, Deepavali will fall on, October 23 in 2014. This date will need to be reconfirmed against the Indian Almanac when it is available. Should there be a change in the date, the Ministry of Manpower will issue a media release to announce the change accordingly.".
This caveat is indeed wise as we strongly believe that the aforementioned announced date for the Singapore 2014 Deepavali is once again incorrect and should be Wednesday, October 22, 2014, rather than the announced date of Thursday, October 23, 2014.
In fact, based on our understanding of the method that the HEB uses to make an initial estimate of the date of the Deepavali public holiday in Singapore, we expect them to be in error in their prediction of the Deepavali public holiday in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 (their 2019 prediction should be correct).