Chinese Holidays And Festivals: Calendar

China Holidays: 2018/2019/2020. Public Holidays & Festival in China

 

Сhinese national holidays calendar is determined by the government and varies year after year. Therefore, when you are going to China, be sure to learn the public holiday schedule to avoid misunderstandings during the trip. Governmental offices, embassies and schools do not work on the legal holidays. Please note the banks and post offices only have their major branches opened on China public holidays, as well as border customs services also may be closed on days off in China.

Festival/ Holiday Date 2018 days off 2019 days off 2020 days off
New Year's Day January 1 Dec. 30 2017 - Jan. 1 2018 Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 January 1
Chinese
New Year
subject to the lunation Feb. 16. The holiday is from Feb. 15 to 21 Feb. 5. The holiday is from Feb. 4 to 10 Jan. 25. The holiday is from Jan. 24 to 30
Qingming Festival
(Tomb-sweeping Day)
Apr. 4 or 5 Apr. 5. The holiday is from Apr. 5 to 7 Apr. 5. The holiday is from Apr. 5 to 7 Apr. 4. The holiday is from Apr. 4 to 6
May Day
(Labor Day)
May 1 Apr. 29 - May 1 May 1, 2019 May 1 - 3
Dragon Boat Festival the 5th day of the 5th lunar month Jun. 18. The holiday is from Jun. 16 to 18 Jun. 7. The holiday is from Jun. 7 to 9 Jun. 25. The holiday is from Jun. 25 to 27
Mid-Autumn Day subject to the lunation Sep. 24. The holiday is from Sep. 22 to 24 Sep. 13. The holiday is from Sep. 13 to 15 Oct. 1, within the National Day holiday
National Day Oct. 1 Oct. 1 - 7 Oct. 1 - 7 Oct. 1 - 7 (prolong to Oct. 8 due to Mid-Autumn Day)

Golden Weeks in China.

The two Golden Weeks are the most important of the numerous Chinese holidays:

  • the Chinese New Year week, the main family holiday which all relatives gather to celebrate.
  • the week when the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (the day of the foundation of the PRC) is celebrated.

These holidays are celebrated 7 days running and are characterized by a lot of travelling within the country: air and railway tickets and hotel rooms are usually sold and booked long before the event. People do their best to have a good time: families gather to travel and visit China’s attractions. When scheduling a tour to China in this period, foreign tourists must be ready for huge crowds at the major attractions, on trains, at railway stations, airports, in restaurants, hotels, trade centers, places of interest and other objects.

Other Chinese Festivals and Events List:

  • Lantern Festival - 15th day of the first lunar month;
  • Zhonghe Festival (Blue Dragon Festival) - 2-nd day of February (lunar calendar);
  • Women's Day - March 8 (Women have half day off );
  • Youth Day - May 4 (Young people over 14 years old have a half day off);
  • Children's Day - June 1 (Children under 14 years old have a day off);
  • Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival, The Night of Sevens, Magpie Festival) - 7th day of seventh lunar month;
  • Ghost Festival - 15-th day of July (lunar calendar);
  • Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army - August 1 (Active members of the army have a half-day off);
  • Chongyang Festival - 9th day of the 9th lunar month.
  • Spirit Festival / Water Lantern Festival - 15-th day of October (lunar calendar);
  • Dongzhi Festival (Winter Solstice) - December 21st, 22nd or 23rd in solar calendar.

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