Singapore Labour Day Holiday
Labour Day is a holiday in Singapore and is known as May Day. It is the day that commemorates the eight-hour day for workers. Under the Singapore Employment Act, public holidays for the upcoming years from Labour Day 2020 are as follows:
|1 May 2019||Wednesday||Labour Day 2019|
|1 May 2020||Friday||Labour Day 2020|
|1 May 2021||Saturday||Labour Day 2021|
|1 May 2022||Sunday*||Labour Day 2022|
|2 May 2022||Monday||Labour Day Holiday 2022|
|1 May 2023||Monday||Labour Day 2023|
|1 May 2024||Wednesday||Labour Day 2024|
Note: Any holidays that fall on a Sunday will be replaced the following Monday.
Learn More about the Celebrations of Labour Day in Singapore and What Other Things you can do
Labour Day, also known as May Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the 1st of May every year. In most countries, spurts of violence may happen on Labour Day. This happens when unhappy workers rebel against the authorities to complain about poor work conditions and poor pay. However, such scenes are not common in Singapore. Unlike other public holidays, only schools and government institutions may close down for business and most shops will remain open during Labour Day in Singapore. Some shops will offer Labour Day promotions and hence would be a great day to do some shopping.
About Celebrations for Labour Day in Singapore
On Labour Day, there are usually no major government events in Singapore. However, workers unions, employee representatives and other professional organizations may organize peaceful marches and meetings. They may invite relevant government officials to address them on certain issues that may be bothering them. Such functions are held mostly during the morning hours. Thereafter, the workers will leave to spend time with their families.
But one notable event during Labour Day celebration in Singapore is the visit to the official residence of the president of Singapore. On this day, the 100-acre ground will be open to the public. Picnics take place throughout the day, and there will be different kinds of performances, including lots of activities for children.
In Singapore, Labour Day is also the time when some companies and organizations recognize their outstanding employees since it is a day that befits recognizing outstanding employees in the company. Other companies will normally award them during the annual end of year party instead.
What to do during Labour Day in Singapore
Various activities are available in Singapore during Labour Day, and here are some to share with you.
Spend the Day at Istana Open House
Only on Labour Day, you will get to have the chance to visit the official residence of the country’s president – The Istana. Guided tours are available and a myriad of performances are lined up for the day. The place is ideal for families to hold picnics to spend quality time there.
Visit the Singapore Horticulture Show
The Singapore Horticulture Show is an offshoot of the Singapore Garden Festival. It is another event worth attending on Labour Day. The show normally begins on the last week of April and extends to the first week of May. The venue of the show is at Jurong Lake Gardens where Industry partners, students and the community come together to showcase their talent and expertise in growing a variety of horticultural products.
Visit the Jurong Gardens
Lakeside Garden, which is located at the western section of Jurong Lake Gardens, is another place worth visiting on Labour Day. The garden is also one of the three segments that make up the 90-hectare Jurong Lake Gardens. On public holidays like Labour Day, it is one of the most frequented public spaces with fun amenities for both kids and adults. The Forest Ramble, for instance, is the largest nature playgarden in Singapore where kids can have fun at a 2.3-hectare while their parents appreciate the beauty of the gardens.
Despite Labour Day being a public holiday, restaurants are still open for business on this day. For the best buffets to enjoy on this day, you may want to check out Crab Night at The Greenhouse, River Garden Coffee House, and Café Mosaic. If having buffet meals is not a good choice for you, you can always opt for a street food tour around Singapore or settle your meals at any food courts and hawkers stalls within the city.
Unwind in the Beach
You may conclude the Labour Day celebration in Singapore by unwinding at a beach party. Head out to Sentosa – Singapore’s favorite chill-out destination, where annual party will be held in celebration of Labour Day. Enjoy the sun and treat yourself to refreshing cocktails while listening to smoothing music.