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China Public Holiday Schedule 2015

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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 NameStatutory Days of Holiday2015 Date2015 Day of the Week2015 Days Off2016 Date2016 Day of the Week2016 Days Off (TBC)Summary
New Year's Day1 dayJan. 1ThursdayJan.
Jan. 1FridayJan.
The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese New Year3 daysFeb. 18ThursdayFeb. 18–24Feb. 8MondayFeb. 7–13It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China.
Qingming Festival1 dayApr. 5SundayApr.
Apr. 4MondayApr.
Beginning one of the 24 Chinese solar terms in China, it is also called Tomb Sweeping Day, and is for commemorating the dead.
May Day1 dayMay. 1FridayMay. 1–3May 1SundayApr. 30–May. 1China's celebration of International Labor Day.
Dragon Boat Festival1 dayJun. 20SaturdayJun. 20–22Jun. 9ThursdayJun. 9–11A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).
Mid-Autumn Day1 daySep. 27SundaySep. 26–27Sep. 15ThursdaySep. 15–17A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.
National Day3 dayOct. 1ThursdayOct. 1–7Oct. 1SaturdayOct. 1 – 7The celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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