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Holidays - Hong Kong

Fixed Public Holidays
1 January New Year's Day  
1 May Labour Day
1 July Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
1 October National Day
25 December Christmas Day  
26 December Boxing Day 2
31 December 1999 was a special millenium holiday for all.

For observances, see the explanation below.

Moveable Public Holidays
Feast 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Chinese New Year   icon 7-9 Feb 28-30 Jan 16-18 Feb 5-7 Feb 24-26 Jan 12-14 Feb 1-3 Feb 22-24 Jan
Good Friday - Easter Monday 28-31 Mar 10-13 Apr 2-5 Apr 21-24 Apr 13-16 Apr 29 Mar -
1 Apr
18-21 Apr 9-12 Apr
Ching Ming 5 Apr 5 Apr 5 Apr 4 Apr 5 Apr 5 Apr 5 Apr 4 Apr
Birth of Buddha 22 May 11 May        
Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival   20 Jun 30 May 18 Jun 6 Jun 25 Jun 15 Jun 4 Jun 22 Jun
Day after Mid-Autumn Festival 17 Sep 6 Oct 25 Sep 13 Sep 30 Sep 20 Sep 10 Sep 27 Sep
Chung Yeung Festival 19 Oct 28 Oct 17 Oct 6 Oct 25 Oct 14 Oct 4 Oct 22 Oct
Chinese Winter Solstice Festival 22 Dec 22 Dec 22 Dec 21 Dec 22 Dec 22 Dec 22 Dec 22 Dec

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?

Observance, 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.

Statutory Holidays

1 the first day of January
2 Lunar New Year's Day
4 the second day of Lunar New Year
4 the third day of Lunar New Year
5 Ching Ming Festival
6 Labour Day, being the first day of May
7 Tuen Ng Festival
8 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, being the first day of July
9 the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
10 National Day, being the first day of October
11 Chung Yeung Festival
12 Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (25 December) (at the option of the employer)

Statutory Holidays

Every Sunday
The first day of January
Lunar New Year's Day
The second day of the Lunar New Year
The third day of the Lunar New Year
Good Friday
The day following Good Friday
Easter Monday
The day following Ching Ming Festival
Labour Day
The Buddha's Birthday
Tuen Ng Festival
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
National Day
The day following Chung Yeung Festival
Christmas Day
The first weekday after Christmas Day


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 may help:-

  • In 1999 Chung Yeung falls on a Sunday, so it is observed on the Monday following
  • 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 to Tuesday.


Time Zone

GMT+8. There is no summer time clock change.