There are seven official holidays in China. Five of these are three-day holidays. There are two week-long national holidays in China: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, in January or February, and National Day holiday, which is the first week of October.
A unique feature of Chinese holidays is that weekends, which are usually days off for office workers, are worked if there is a public holiday that week. For example if Monday to Wednesday was a public holiday then the weekend before would be worked, so the statutory holiday is effectively only one day.
Only Hong Kong and Macau have public holidays for Christmas.
|China's 2015 and 2016 Public Holiday Calendar|
|Holiday Name||Statutory Days of Holiday||2015 Date||2015 Day of the Week||2015 Days Off||2016 Date||2016 Day of the Week||2016 Days Off (TBC)||Summary|
|New Year's Day||1 day||Jan. 1||Thursday||
|The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.|
|Chinese New Year||3 days||Feb. 18||Thursday||Feb. 18–24||Feb. 8||Monday||Feb. 7–13||It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China.|
|Qingming Festival||1 day||Apr. 5||Sunday||
|Beginning one of the 24 Chinese solar terms in China, it is also called Tomb Sweeping Day, and is for commemorating the dead.|
|May Day||1 day||May. 1||Friday||May. 1–3||May 1||Sunday||Apr. 30–May. 1||China's celebration of International Labor Day.|
|Dragon Boat Festival||1 day||Jun. 20||Saturday||Jun. 20–22||Jun. 9||Thursday||Jun. 9–11||A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).|
|Mid-Autumn Day||1 day||Sep. 27||Sunday||Sep. 26–27||Sep. 15||Thursday||Sep. 15–17||A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.|
|National Day||3 day||Oct. 1||Thursday||Oct. 1–7||Oct. 1||Saturday||Oct. 1 – 7||The celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.|
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