Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. Please scroll down to view.
Officially known as Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong is a “different” type of country. Independent in many ways from China, Hong Kong makes its own laws and establishes its own national holidays that are separate from mainland China.
Hong Kong currently celebrates 17 national holidays. Of these 17 dates, 12 are considered statutory holidays. The government of Hong Kong requires that employers provide employees with a paid day off for all statutory national holidays; employers can require employees to work on the remaining five holidays as part of their employment contract.
National holidays are regulated under the General Holidays Ordinance, Chapter 149 – placed in National Gazette 1998. This law also provides citizens with the option of selecting Christmas as one of their12 paid holidays in lieu of a different holiday. This arrangement must be made with the employer at the time of signing an employment contract.
Many of the holidays that are celebrated in Hong Kong are based on the lunar cycle. These holidays will fall on different dates each year. The government of Hong Kong requires that all employers acknowledge these dates, regardless of when they occur. The government of Hong Kong will release official holiday dates at the end of each year for the following year.
Sunday is the only day in Hong Kong considered a rest day. Most national holidays that occur on a Sunday are moved to the following Monday for celebration. However, Lunar New Year always remains on the date that it occurs.
Religious, Cultural, and Mainland Holidays
Hong Kong is very diverse and there are many cultures that live within its borders. Many of these cultures and their specific religions have holidays that they celebrate. The government of Hong Kong recognises that these events occur, but does not require employers to provide days off with or without pay for their celebrations.
In addition, many of the holidays celebrated on mainland China are gradually being celebrated in Hong Kong. These are not official holidays in Hong Kong and the government does not require employers to acknowledge these events.
Public Holidays 2017
This list has now been updated to reflect the official 2017 dates released by the Hong Kong Government.
|1 Jan||Sun||The first day of January|
|2 Jan||Mon||The weekday after New Year Day|
|28 Jan||Sat||The first day of Lunar New Year|
|29 Jan||Sun||The second day of Lunar New Year|
|30 Jan||Mon||The third day of Lunar New Year|
|31 Jan||Tue||The fourth day of Lunar New Year|
|4 Apr||Tue||Ching Ming Festival|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|15 Apr||Sat||The day following Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|1 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|3 May||Wed||The Birthday of Buddha|
|30 May||Tue||Tuen Ng Festival|
|1 Jul||Sat||Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region Establishment Day
|1 Oct||Sun||National Day|
|2 Oct||Mon||The weekday after National Day|
|5 Oct||Thu||The day following the
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
|28 Oct||Sat||Chung Yeung Festival|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||The first weekday after Christmas Day|
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