China Public Holiday Schedule 2011

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Chinese people celebrate seven major festivals during the course of a year (see the table below). Most of these festivals are three-day holidays. Check out China Public Holidays 2012 and Hong Kong Public Holidays 2012.

There are two longer-period national holidays in China, besides the usual three-day holidays, when almost everyone is free, except for employees in key sectors. The two multiple-day holidays are as follows: Chinese New Year, in the month of February; and the National Day, which is celebrated during the first week in October. If you are fond of local pageantry, you might want to check to see whether your visiting dates coincide with local festivals at your particular destinations. Below is a table of 2011 China holiday schedule:

Holiday Name Date Duration Dates 2011 Summary
New Year's Day Jan. 1 1 day Jan. 1–3[1] The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.
Spring Festival The 1st day of the 1st Chinese month 3 days Feb. 3
The holiday is Feb. 2–8[2]
It is also called Chinese New Year, which is the most important festival in China.
Qingming Festival Apr. 5 1 day Apr. 5
The holiday is Apr. 3–5.[3]
One of the 24 solar terms in China, and it is also called Tomb-sweeping Day for commemorating the dead.
May Day May 1 1 day Apr. 30–May 2[4] It is an international holiday belonging to every laboring people all over the world.
Dragon Boat Festival The 5th day of the 5th Chinese month 1 day Jun. 6
The holiday is Jun. 4–6.[5]
A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon-boat racing and eating Zongzi (rice dumplings).
Mid-Autumn Day The 15th day of the 8th Chinese month 1 day Sep. 12
The holiday is Sep. 10– 12.[6]
A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.
National Day Oct. 1 3 days (Oct. 1–3) Oct. 1–7[7] The celebration for the founding of new People Republic of China.

1. January 1 is a statutory holiday. In 2011 New Year's Day is a Statutory day, so Monday 3 is given as a day off, producing a three-day holiday. In 2012 New Year's Day is a Sunday, so Monday 2 will be given as a holiday. It is expected that Saturday 31 December 2011 will be workday ans Tueday 3 January a holiday, producing a three-day holiday to star 2012.

2. Wednesday (February 2, Chinese New Year's Eve), Thursday (February 3, Chinese New Year's Day) and Friday (February 4) are statutory holidays. The following two days are a weekend, and because there is an adjustment for extending the Chinese New Year public holiday (Sunday January 30 and Saturday February 12 are workdays) February 7 and February 8 make up the final two days of a seven-day holiday (Wednesday 2-Tuesday 8).

3. Tuesday (April 5) is statutory holiday. Because April 2 (Saturday)is a workday instead of Monday April 4, a three-day holiday is formed (Saturday 3-Tuesday 5).

4. May 1 is a statutory holiday, but this falls on a Sunday, so the holiday is transferred to Monday. This year, and it is expected next year too, three days of public holiday have been allowed, which includes a Sunday (May 1) and presumably a deffered Saturday ( April 30) in 2011.

5. June 6 is a statutory holiday. This will be a three-day public holiday this year and next, as in these two years Dragon Boat Festival falls on or nest to a weekend (4 and 5 June 2011 and 23 and 24 June 2012).

6. September 12 (Monday) is a statutory holiday. Together with the Saturday (September 10) and the Sunday (September 11), it is counted as a three-day public holiday. In 2012 Mid-Autumn Day occurs immediately before the National Day holiday and on a Sunday, but is not expected that extra days of public holiday will be added.

7. Saturday (October 1), Sunday (October 2) and Monday (October 3) are statutory holidays. Because two days of the holiday fall at the weekend, Tuesday (October 4) and Wednesday (October 5) are given in lieu. In order to extend the holiday, October 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday) will be workdays, and October 6 and 7 will be included into the holidays. This arrangement produces a seven-day holiday (Saturday-Friday).

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