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Regional list of public holidays 2017

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Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has unveiled its list of 11 gazetted public holiday for 2017, giving seven reasons for employers and their teams to rejoice – long weekends.

The following is the full list of public holidays in Singapore in 2017: 

[* marks the Monday holiday in lieu]

  1. 1 Jan 2017 – New Year’s Day – Sunday*
  2. 28-29 Jan 2017 – Chinese New Year – Saturday and Sunday*
  3. 14 Apr 2017 – Good Friday – Friday
  4. 1 May 2017 – Labour Day  – Monday
  5. 10 May 2017 – Vesak Day – Wednesday
  6. 25 Jun 2017 – Hari Raya Puasa – Sunday*
  7. 9 Aug 2017 – National Day – Wednesday
  8. 1 Sep 2017 – Hari Raya Haji – Friday
  9. 18 Oct 2017 – Deepavali – Wednesday
  10. 25 Dec 2017 – Christmas – Monday

With New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year, and Hari Raya Puasa landing on a Sunday, employees can expect three bonus Monday holidays in lieu.

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Hong Kong, on the other hand, has more public holidays scheduled than Singapore, per current records.

The following is the full list of public holidays in Hong Kong in 2017^:

[^all dates are subject to change]

  1. 1 Jan 2017 – New Year’s Day – Sunday [Monday, Jan 2 will be a holiday in lieu]
  2. 28-31 Jan 2017 – Chinese New Year – Saturday-Tuesday
  3. 5 Apr 2017 – Ching Ming Festival – Wednesday
  4. 14 Apr 2017 – Good Friday – Friday
  5. 15 Apr 2017 – Holy Saturday – Saturday
  6. 17 Apr 2017 – Easter Monday – Monday
  7. 1 May 2017 – Labour Day  – Monday
  8. 3 May 2017 – Buddha’s birthday – Wednesday
  9. 30 May 2017 – Dragon Boat Festival – Tuesday
  10. 1 Jul 2017 – HKSAR Establishment Day – Saturday
  11. 1 Oct 2017 – National day of the PRC – Sunday [Monday, Oct 2 will be a holiday in lieu]
  12. 5 Oct 2017 – Day after Mid Autumn Festival – Thursday
  13. 28 Oct 2017 – Chung Yeung Festival – Saturday
  14. 25 Dec 2017 – Christmas – Monday
  15. 26 Dec 2017 – Boxing Day – Tuesday

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Over in Malaysia, there are plenty of state-specific holidays coming up in 2017, such as the Sultan of Johor’s birthday, Sultan of Terengganu’s birthday, Raja Perlis’ birthday, among others – in addition to the 10+ national holidays.

The following is the full list of national public holidays in Malaysia in 2017^:

[^all dates are subject to change]

  1. 1 Jan 2017 – New Year’s Day – Sunday
  2. 28-29 Jan 2017 – Chinese New Year – Saturday-Sunday
  3. 1 May 2017 – Labour Day  – Monday
  4. 10 May 2017 – Wesak Day – Wednesday
  5. 3 Jun 2017 – Agong’s Birthday – Saturday
  6. 25-26 Jun 2017 – Hari Raya Aidilfitri – Sunday-Monday
  7. 31 Aug 2017 – National Day – Thursday
  8. 1 Sep 2017 – Hari Raya Haji – Friday
  9. 16 Sep 2017 – Malaysia Day – Saturday
  10. 21 Sep 2017 – Awal Muharram – Thursday
  11. 19 Oct 2017 – Deepavali – Thursday
  12. 1 Dec 2017 – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – Friday
  13. 25 Dec 2017 – Christmas – Monday

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The Philippines, cited to have the second highest number of public holidays in Asia Pacific, beaten only by India, also has a number of long weekends coming up in 2017.

The following is the full list of public holidays in the Philippines in 2017^:

[^all dates are subject to change]

  1. 1 Jan 2017 – New Year’s Day – Sunday
  2. 28 Jan 2017 – Chinese New Year – Saturday
  3. 9 Apr 2017 – Day of Valour – Sunday
  4. 13 Apr 2017 – Maundy Thursday – Thursday
  5. 14 Apr 2017 – Good Friday – Friday
  6. 1 May 2017 – Labour Day  – Monday
  7. 12 Jun 2017 – Independence Day – Monday
  8. 26 Jun 2017 – Eid’l Fitr – Monday
  9. 21 Aug 2017 – Ninoy Aquino Day – Monday
  10. 28 Aug 2017 – National Heroes Day – Monday
  11. 1 Sep 2017 – Eidul Adha – Friday
  12. 1 Nov 2017 – All Saints Day – Wednesday
  13. 30 Nov 2017 – Bonifacio Day – Thursday
  14. 25 Dec 2017 – Christmas – Monday
  15. 30 Dec 2017 – Rizal Day – Saturday

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