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Hong Kong

Public Holidays in Hong Kong, PRC*

January 1

New Year's Day

April 6

Day after Cheng Ming Festival

May 1

Labour Day

July 1

SAR Establishment Day

October 1-2

National Day

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Boxing Day

Moveable Feasts*





Chinese New Year

Feb 5

Jan 24

Feb 12

Feb 1

Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. On this day, boats in the shape of a dragon, filled with rowers rowing to the beat of a drum, are raced in the local rivers. These races traditionally started as efforts to rescue the ancient Chinese hero Chu Yuan, the patriotic poet who drown on the fifth day of the fifth month in 277 BC.
The meal served on this day consists of sticky rice wrapped in river leaves (tzungtzu) and soup dumplings (tang yuan). These traditional dishes were meant to be thrown into the river for the fish to eat instead of Chu Yuan, but have since become family favorites.

June 6

June 6

June 15

June 4

Day after Mid-Autumn Festival

Sept 13

Sept 13

Sept 22

Sept 12

Chung Yeung Festival

The Chung Yeung Festival is a Hong Kong holiday to celebrate the family ancestors. The festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The holiday is said to have been started by an ancient family who went for a walk up a hill. When the family returned, they found all their farm animals had died and concluded that they had been saved from death because they were on higher ground. Thus the festival is celebrated by families taking hikes up the local hills.


Oct 6

Oct 6

Oct 14

Oct 4

*Check your local contacts for holiday schedules and closed banks, businesses and government offices.


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