New Year's Day in Singapore

When is New Year's Day?

New Year's Day is on January 1, 2022.
It falls on Saturday.

How many days until New Year's Day?

There are 347 Days left until New Year's Day in Singapore.

What is New Year's Day?

New Year’s Day marks the first day of the new calendar year. For countries using the Gregorian calendar, it falls on January 1st every year. In Singapore, New Year’s Day is designated as a public holiday. Most countries around the world celebrate the New Year’s Day on January 1 in fact, it is one of the most common and the biggest cultural celebrations internationally. At present, majority of the countries use the Gregorian Calendar.

New Year's Day Origin

Nowadays, New Year’s Day is one of the most-awaited holidays in a year. According to historical records, the 1st of January began to be celebrated as New Year’s Day as early as 45 BC. This occurred under the regime of Julius Caesar, a Roman general and politician who named himself dictator of the Roman Empire.

How did New Year’s Day become a public holiday?

New Year’s Day is designated as a public holiday in Singapore under the Holidays Act. The act lists which holidays are to be observed as a public holiday. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) produces the list of public holidays declared each year. MOM is a department of the Government of Singapore, which oversees labor policies for the country. If a public holiday such as New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, the following day is observed as the public holiday.


New Year's Day Traditions in Singapore

New Year’s Day is a celebration widely observed by many countries around the globe. Each country has its own traditions practiced during the holiday’s observance. For the Singaporeans, the day is meant for fireworks watching, special feasts, and numerous entertainments.

Traditionally, New Year’s Eve (December 31st) starts the many celebrations of the calendar year, with the ringing in of New Year’s Day at midnight. With Singaporeans observing the public holiday on January 1st, most of them stay up past midnight and join in on the celebration of the countdown for new year.

Marina Bay Fireworks

Common worldwide practices of starting the new year with large firework displays also occur in Singapore. One of the more popular celebrations is the beautiful, colorful, and spectacular aerial fireworks display located in Marina Bay. This magnificent yearly display to mark the countdown of the new year started in 2005, but during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic the display was halted for health and safety reasons. In lieu of the Marina Bay display, many other heartland fireworks displays were scheduled to limit the mass congregation of people in the Marina Bay district.

Culinary and Entertainment Experiences

Numerous other festivities for all age groups include but not limited to groups of dancers, concerts, street performers, and acrobatics among many other events also take place. These festive activities usually start the week before and ends the week after New Years’s day. The types of celebration events change yearly and are all centered around the end of one year and the start of a new year.

During New Year’s Eve, most of the country’s hotels and restaurants offer packages for dining, partying, and areas to view fireworks displays which includes the traditional midnight countdown. New Year’s Eve feasts are often included in special menus planned by many restaurants or even buffet style restaurants. The celebration continues into New Year’s Day with special lunches or other offerings prepared solely for the day. New Year’s Day brunches are a popular activity in Singapore to celebrate the holiday.

To conclude, Singapore’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is a time to celebrate with friends, family and even strangers who all gather to usher out the end of the old year and welcome the fresh start of a prosperous new year.

Dates of Observance for New Year's Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2022 January 01 Saturday New Year's Day
2023 January 01 Sunday New Year's Day
2024 January 01 Monday New Year's Day
2025 January 01 Wednesday New Year's Day
2026 January 01 Thursday New Year's Day
2027 January 01 Friday New Year's Day
Upcoming Singapore Holidays
Holiday Date
Chinese New Year February 12, 2021
Chinese New Year February 13, 2021
Good Friday April 02, 2021