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.
|Holiday Name||Statutory Days of Holiday||2016 Date||2016 Days Off||2017 Date||2017 Days Off (TBC)||2018 Date||2018 Days Off (TBC)||Summary|
|New Year's Day||1 day||Jan. 1||Jan. 1–3||Jan. 1||Dec. 31– Jan.2||Jan. 1||Dec. 30 – . 1–3||The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.|
|Chinese New Year||3 days||Feb. 8||Feb. 7–13||Jan. 28||Jan. 27– Feb. 2||Feb. 16||Feb. 15 – 21. 2||It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China.|
|Qingming Festival||1 day||Apr. 4||Apr. 3–5||Apr. 4||Apr. 2–4||Apr. 5||Apr. 5||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||May. 1–3||May 1||Apr 29 – May 1||May 1||Apr. 29 – May 1||China's celebration of International Labor Day.|
|Dragon Boat Festival||1 day||Jun. 9||Jun. 9–11||May. 30||May. 28–30||June 18||June 16 –18||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. 15||Sep. 15–17||Oct. 4||Oct. 4 (within the National Day holiday)||Sep. 24||Sep. 22 – 24||A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.|
|National Day||3 day||Oct. 1||Oct. 1–7||Oct. 1||Oct. 1 – 7 (be prolonged to Oct. 8)||Oct. 1||Oct. 1 – 7||The celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.|
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