In 2000 only, the day
before Chinese New Year (4 February
2000) is a holiday. This is because the 1st and 2nd days fall
on a weekend. It is not known what will happen to Ching
Ming, which falls on Easter Sunday in 2000. Presumably an
extra day will be given on the Tuesday following?
Statuory and General Holidays
There are two kinds
of holidays in Hong Kong, General and Statutory. General holidays,
are the holidays on which banks, schools, public offices and
government departments close, a list being published annually
in the gazette. The holidays listed above follow the rules for
general holidays. Statutory holidays, of which there are 12,
are those on which all employees receive either a holiday or,
by arrangement with their employer, another day in lieu.
The following explanation
is given with regard to Statutory holidays at the Hong
Kong Government Business Site:-
All employees are
entitled to the above statutory holidays. If the statutory holiday
falls on a rest day, a holiday should be granted on the day following
the rest day which is not a statutory holiday or an alternative
holiday or a substituted holiday or a rest day. An employee having
been employed under a continuous contract for not less than 3
months is entitled to the holiday pay which is equivalent to
the normal wages which the employee would have earned if he had
worked on a full working day.
It also appears that
an employee cannot be paid in lieu of a holiday. Instead, if
the employee works on a rest day or statutory holiday, another
day must be given in lieu.
Although we have no
certain information regarding the general holidays, it is clear
that, in practice, the same rules apply. The following examples
- In 1999 Chung
Yeung falls on a Sunday, so it is observed on the Monday
- In 1999 Easter Monday
and Ching Ming fall on the same day,
so the Tuesday following is given.
- In 2000, January 1
is a Saturday, but Saturday is not a day of rest, so no
extra day is given.
- In 2000, the day preceding
the Lunar New Year (4th February)
is given as a holiday in lieu of the 2nd day of the Lunar New
Year, which is a Sunday, not the day following. Thus the
holiday period runs from Friday to Monday, not from Saturday