2011 public holidays, long weekends

It's always good to plan ahead. Even with fewer long weekends. Heh. So take note of the following public holidays in 2011:

- New Year's Day on Sat, 01/01
- Chinese New Year on Thu, 03/02 & Fri, 04/02
- Good Friday on Fri, 22/04
- Labour Day on Sun, 01/05
- Vesak Day on Tue, 17/05
- National Day on Tue, 09/08
- Hari Raya Puasa on Tue, 30/08
- Deepavali on Wed, 26/10
- Hari Raya Haji on Sun, 06/11
- Christmas Day on Sun, 25/12

SINGAPOREANS will get fewer long weekends next year.

Five out of the 11 public holidays will fall on a Friday or a Sunday next year, according to the schedule of public holidays in 2011 released by the Ministry of Manpower on Wednesday.

Singaporeans enjoy seven long weekends last year and this year. Next year, they will only get five.

The first day of Chinese New Year next year will fall on a Thursday, giving a four-day stretch for the festivities.

Labour Day, Hari Raya Haji and Christmas Day will fall on Sundays, which makes the following Mondays official day offs. Together with Good Friday, these four public holidays will add an extra day off to the weekends.

Deepavali next year is scheduled for Oct 26, a Wednesday, but the date has to be checked against the Indian Almanac and may change as a result, said the ministry.

From Straits Times, "Fewer long weekends in 2011".

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