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Public Holidays

Public holidays in China

In China, all Western holidays are known, but with the exception of New Year's Day, there are no public holidays. Due to the lack of publicity, Christian holidays have been pushed into the background, even in public life.

The traditional and most important events of the year are not calculated according to the Gregorian calendar, but according to the Chinese lunar calendar, which is also often called the "peasant calendar."


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Non-floating holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

DateHoliday
Jan. 1stNew Year’s Day
March 8thWomen's Day (regional only)
March 12thArbor Day
May 4thYouth Day (regional only)
June 1stChildren's day (regional only)
July 1stFoundation Day of the Communist Party
July 11thDay of the Sea
Aug. 1stFoundation Day of the People's Liberation Army
Sept. 10thTeacher's Day (regional only)
Oct. 1stNational holiday (3 days off)
Dec. 25thChristmas Day



Moving Holidays in China

Holiday20232024202520262027
Lunar New Year's DayJan. 22ndFeb. 10thJan. 29thFeb. 17thFeb. 6th
Lantern FestivalFeb. 5thFeb. 24thFeb. 12thMarch 3rdFeb. 20th
Zhonghe FestivalFeb. 21stMarch 11thMarch 1stMarch 20thMarch 9th
Tomb-SweepingApril 5thApril 4thApril 4thApril 5thApril 5th
Good FridayApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Easter SundayApril 9thMarch 31stApril 20thApril 5thMarch 28th
Easter MondayApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6thMarch 29th
Labour DayMay 1stMay 1stMay 1stMay 1stMay 1st
Mother's DayMay 14thMay 12thMay 11thMay 10thMay 9th
Buddha's BirthdayMay 26thMay 15thMay 5thMay 24thMay 13th
Father's DayJune 18thJune 16thJune 15thJune 21stJune 20th
Dragon Boat FestivalJune 22ndJune 10thMay 31stJune 19thJune 9th
Feast of loversAug. 22ndAug. 10thAug. 29thAug. 19thAug. 8th
Ghost FestivalAug. 30thAug. 18thSept. 6thAug. 27thAug. 16th
Mid-Autumn FestivalSept. 29thSept. 17thOct. 6thSept. 25thSept. 15th
Confucius' BirthdayOct. 9thSept. 27thOct. 16thOct. 5thSept. 25th
Chongyang FestivalOct. 23rdOct. 11thOct. 29thOct. 18thOct. 8th
Winter SolsticeDec. 22ndDec. 21stDec. 21stDec. 22ndDec. 22nd
Laba FeastJan. 18thJan. 7thJan. 26thJan. 15thJan. 4th

For all holidays, please note that although our table shows the dates of the holiday, the corresponding non-working days may occasionally differ. For example, the Chinese government determines when the national holiday will be celebrated each year. In 2021, this is not on October 1, but on October 10 and 11. On other holidays, bridge days or weekends are often "shifted" to allow longer vacation periods or to compensate for missing working days.
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