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Singapore 2016 Public Holidays Updated

Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015
Most recent follow-up news item: April 6, 2021

Following the recent declaration by Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of its annual list of non-working public holidays in Singapore for the upcoming calendar year 2016, and confirmation of the 2015 Deepavali public holiday date in Singapore, the MOM today announced that, in a break with past announcements of public holidays in Singapore, the October 29, 2016, Deepavali date would not be subjected to change.

Earlier this month (2015-05-12), after weeks of delay, Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) had finally released the official list of non-working public holidays in Singapore for the upcoming calendar year 2016 which, for a second consecutive year (2014-04-08 and 2015-05-11), did not include an error in the date of the 2016 Deepavali public holiday in Singapore.

As per the aforementioned announcement ("The Hindu Endowments Board and Hindu Advisory Board have reviewed this process and a clear set of parameters has been defined to establish the date for Deepavali. Hence, using these parameters, the established date for 2016 will not be subjected to change"), and despite being repeatedly shunned by the HEB in our offers to help it make better estimates of the date of the Deepavali public holiday in Singapore, the HEB does seem to have abandoned the model it previously used (2013-04-09, 2009-02-10, 2008-03-27, 2008-02-25, 2003-04-11, and 2002-03-04) to forecast dates for the 2016 and beyond Deepavali public holidays in Singapore.

In the past, the determination of the annual date of the Deepavali public holiday in Singapore has often been problematic, with the announced date for 2009 (2009-02-10 and 2008-02-25), being revised by 1 month shortly before the actual holiday was to occur and smaller, one-day, errors in the announced date of the 2014 and 2013 Deepavali public holidays in Singapore (2014-04-07, 2013-04-09 and 2012-04-09).

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