China Public Holiday Schedule 2015

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 2015 Date of Event 2016 Date of Event 2015 Day of the Week Statutory Holiday Dates 2015 Dates Summary
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Thursday 1 day Jan. 1 – 3 The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese New Year Feb.19 Feb. 8 Thursday 3 days Feb. 19 – 25 It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China.
Qingming Festival Apr. 5 Apr. 4 Sunday 1 day Apr. 4 – 6 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 May. 1 May. 1 Friday 1 day May. 1 – 3. China's celebration of International Labor Day.
Dragon Boat Festival Jun. 20 Jun. 9 Saturday 1 day Jun. 20 – 22 A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).
Mid-Autumn Day Sep. 27 Sep.15 Sunday 1 day Sep. 26 – 28 A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.
National Day Oct. 1 Oct. 1 Thursday 3 days Oct. 1 – 7 The celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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