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The Singapore Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) has announced that the date of the upcoming Deepavali public holiday had once again been moved from its previously-announced date of Thursday, October 23, 2014, to Tuesday, October 22, 2014.
The aforementioned announcement (The Hindu Advisory Board (HAB) has"confirmed" (our quotes)that Deepavali will fall on 22 October 2014 (Wednesday) instead of 23 October 2014 (Thursday). Hence, 22 October 2014 (Wednesday) will be gazetted as a public holiday.) follows last year's (2013-04-10) announcement by the Singapore's Ministry of Manpower announcement of the official dates for Singapore's 2014 public holidays.
At that time, as we had done on a previous occasion, when Deepavali was announced with a date in error of a full month (2009-02-10 and 2008-02-25), we immediately contacted MOM (Singapore's Ministry of Manpower) and the HEB (Singapore's Hindu Endowment Board) to alert them to the error, in particular as that error meant that a 3-day weekend was being incorrectly announced, thus impacting people's travel plans when the date is corrected almost a year later, and the 3-day weekend disappears.
The date of the Deepavali public holiday in Singapore is always problematic, and there have often been changes to the announced date for the Deepavali public holiday (2013-04-09, 2009-02-10, 2008-03-27, 2003-04-11, and 2002-03-04). After the 2009 fiasco, the government of Singapore consulted with us in February 2009 to obtain a forecast of the 2010 Deepavali public holiday date which they announced later that year (2009-06-08), and again consulted with us in January 2010 to obtain a forecast of the 2011 Deepavali public holiday date which they announced later that year (2010-04-21). However, since 2011, a change of management at the HEB has meant that our offers to assist in the calculation of the date of the Deepavali public holiday have been met with disdain.
As we had mentioned back in April 2013, this issue was likely to occur again for 2014 public holidays in Singapore, as we expected the HEB initial announcement of the date of the 2014 Deepavali public holiday in Singapore to also be off by one day.
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