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Singapore Amends List Of 2022 Public Holidays

Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: June 2, 2022

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released an amended list of non-working Singapore public holidays and bank holidays in the calendar year 2022, following the decision by MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) to move the 2 Muslim public holidays of Singapore in 2022.

The initial list of 2022 Singapore public holidays was announced in early April 2021 (2021-04-06), as usual (2021-04-06, 2019-04-08, 2018-04-05 and 2017-04-05), apart from last year, when the initial list of 2021 Singapore public holidays was announced a month later than usual (2020-06-24).

In its communique, MUIS stated that "Based on the astronomical calculation (Imkanur Rukyah) with revised criteria, Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji public holidays are slated to fall on 3 May 2022 and 10 July 2022 respectively. The new dates supersede the gazetted dates announced in April this year." and that "The highest Islamic authorities of Brunei Darussalam, Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia and Republic of Singapore have agreed to adopt revised criteria of the astronomical calculation for the determination of the Islamic calendar from year 2022 onwards. The agreement was reached among member countries after new findings emerged over years of research." with the final aim being that "With this agreement, important dates in the Islamic calendar, such as the start of the Muslim new year, the fasting month and the Haj may be aligned in the region.".

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