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Hari Raya Puasa Holiday 2011

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 is a Ministry of Manpower (MoM) public holiday in Singapore Calendar. The holiday is to celebrate the Muslim and Malay Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday. In Hijriah (Islamic Date) calendar, it falls on 1 Syawal 1431.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri (also known as Hari Raya Lebaran, Hari Raya Idul Fitri, and Hari Raya Puasa, literally “Celebration Day of Fasting”) is the Malay term for the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr.

It is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan 2011 / Ramadhan 2011, the Islamic holy month of “Puasa” (fasting). The holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated starting on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal / Syawal.

Muslims in Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia celebrate Eid like other Muslims throughout the world. The term “Hari Raya” literally means “Day of Celebration” ? it is also occasionally used to refer to Eid ul-Adha in the form of “Hari Raya Aidiladha” or “Hari Raya Idul Adha”.

On this day, Muslims all over the world offer a special prayer in the morning and later visit their relatives and friends. The young will seek forgiveness from elders for their past misconduct.

In Singapore, the first day of the Hari Raya is celebrated as a public holiday, where civil servants and private sector workers alike are mostly not required to work.

In Indonesia and Malaysia, it is a long holiday period, with some companies are not working for as long as 2 weeks.

The main greeting used by Muslims in Singapore and Malaysia is “Selamat Hari Raya” which means “Happy Eid” in Malay. Another greeting is “Maaf Zahir dan Batin” which translates loosely to “I seek forgiveness (from you) physically and spiritually”, for Hari Raya is a time to reconcile and renew relationships with others.

In Indonesia, the more commonly used greetings are “selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri”, “Selamat Lebaran”, and “Maaf Lahir dan Batin”.

During the Muslim month of Ramadan leading up to Hari Raya, it is mandatory for Muslims to fast from dawn to dusk. All Muslims except the young, old or infirm must fast. Many Muslims also abstain from pleasures such as smoking cigarettes and sexual activities during the daylight of the fasting month.

Widely, markets, or ‘Ramadan bazaars’ are held in many areas around the country, where all sorts of food and kuih ? traditional Malay delicacies ? are sold for breaking fast or buka puasa. Hotels and restaurants have also exploited this situation to offer exorbitant Ramadan buffets.

The main attraction place to observe the Hari Raya and the preparations prior to festival is best observed at Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai, a bustling outdoor market and the Hari Raya Light-Up, as well as various Mosque around Singapore.

Happy Hari Raya Puasa 2011

See also:
Hari Raya Puasa 2011
Hari Raya Puasa 2012

Chinese Lunar New Year 2010 = Valentine 2010

See also: Chinese New Year 2012

The first day of Chinese/Lunar New Year 2010 falls on Sunday, 14 February 2010, which means it falls on same days as St. Valentine’s Day.

Depending on how you look at it, this may be a blessing or trouble.

Days prior to and during Chinese New Year are traditionally busiest period for restaurants as well as travel agencies.

Many Chinese families will have reunion dinners together at the restaurants, ordering relatively expensive dinner package.

Some others will take a holiday trip, since Chinese New Year is also the longest public holiday in Singapore (2 days, plus another one day if it happens to be on Sunday like on year 2010).

St. Valentine’s Day is when couples, young and old will relive romance in their relationship, with many preferring romantic dinners at the favourite restaurants.

With the two festival comes together, restaurants will have to choose one to focus on, and that means they have to lose one of the best business day for the year 2010.

List of Singapore Public Holidays Dates In Calendar Year 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Here is the list of recent public holidays calendar

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2011

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2010

Singapore School Holiday 2010 Calendar (not confirmed by MoE – Ministry of Manpower – yet)

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2009

MoE (Ministry of Education) Calendar of Singapore School Terms and Holidays for year 2009

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2008

Flashback : Singapore Public Holiday for Year 2008 Calendar

With Year 2010 Public Holiday Calendar is out, it is interesting to look back to year 2008

This is the MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of 2008 Singapore Public Holiday.

The dates for the eleven specified public holidays for 2008 are as follows:

New Year’s Day

Tuesday

1 January 2008

Chinese New Year

Thursday

Friday

7 February 2008

8 February 2008

Good Friday

Friday

21 March 2008

Labour Day

Thursday

1 May 2008

Vesak Day

Monday

19 May 2008

National Day

Saturday

9 August 2008

Hari Raya Puasa

Wednesday

1 October 2008

Deepavali

Tuesday

28 October 2008

Hari Raya Haji

Monday

8 December 2008

Christmas Day

Thursday

25 December 2008

2.???? The date, 28th October 2008, for Deepavali needs to be checked against the Indian Almanacs when they become available towards the end of 2007. Should there be a change in date, the Ministry of Manpower will announce it towards the end of 2007.
3. ?? The list of public holidays for 2008 is available through the following channels:
  • The Ministry of Manpower’s website; and
  • The Ministry of Manpower’s Interactive Voice Response System at telephone number (65) 6438 5122 to request a faxed copy of the list of public holidays.

Singapore School Holiday 2010 Calendar

Scheduled Singapore School Holidays for 2010

Here is list of scheduled Singapore school holidays for 2010. Please note: this holidays calendar is not approved by Ministry of Education (MoE) yet.

UPDATE : As we already know the public holiday calendar we based on previously was incorrect. Please use the updated MoM Singapore Public Holidays 2010 Calendar.

Semester I After Term I
Saturday, 13 March 2010 – Sunday, 21 March 2010

Semester I After Term II
Saturday, 29 May 2010 – Sunday, 27 June 2010

Semester II After Term III
Saturday 4, September 2010 – Sunday, 12 September 2010

Semester II After Term IV
Saturday, 20 November 2010 – Friday, 31 December 2010

Youth Day
Sunday, 4 July 2010*
Monday, 5 July 2010

Day after National Day
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Teachers? Day
Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Children?s Day (For primary schools only.)
Friday, 1 October 2010

Singapore Public Holidays

New Year’s Day
1 January 2010

Chinese New Year
14-16 February 2010

Good Friday
2 April 2010

Labour Day
1 May 2010

Vesak Day
28 May 2010

National Day
9 August 2010

Hari Raya Puasa
10 September 2010

Deepavali
5 November 2010

Hari Raya Haji
17 November 2010

Christmas Day
25 December 2010