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Public Holidays

Public holidays in China 2022-2026

In China, all western holidays are well 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-movable holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

dateholiday
Jan, 1stNew Year’s Day
Mar, 8thWomen's Day (regional only)
Mar, 12thArbor Day
May, 4thYouth Day (regional only)
Jun, 1stChildren's day (regional only)
Jul, 1stFoundation Day of the Communist Party
Jul, 11thDay of the Sea
Aug, 1stFoundation Day of the People's Liberation Army
Sep, 10thTeacher's Day (regional only)
Oct, 1stNational holiday (3 days off)
Dec, 25thChristmas Day



Moving Holidays in China

holiday20222023202420252026
Lunar New Year's DayFeb, 1stJan, 22ndFeb, 10thJan, 29thFeb, 17th
Lantern FestivalFeb, 15thFeb, 5thFeb, 24thFeb, 12thMar, 3rd
Zhonghe FestivalMar, 4thFeb, 21stMar, 11thMar, 1stMar, 20th
Tomb-SweepingApr, 5thApr, 5thApr, 4thApr, 4thApr, 5th
Good FridayApr, 15thApr, 7thMar, 29thApr, 18thApr, 3rd
Easter SundayApr, 17thApr, 9thMar, 31stApr, 20thApr, 5th
Easter MondayApr, 18thApr, 10thApr, 1stApr, 21stApr, 6th
Labour DayMay, 1stMay, 1stMay, 1stMay, 1stMay, 1st
Buddha's BirthdayMay, 8thMay, 26thMay, 15thMay, 5thMay, 24th
Mother's DayMay, 8thMay, 14thMay, 12thMay, 11thMay, 10th
Dragon Boat FestivalJun, 3rdJun, 22ndJun, 10thMay, 31stJun, 19th
Father's DayJun, 19thJun, 18thJun, 16thJun, 15thJun, 21st
Feast of loversAug, 4thAug, 22ndAug, 10thAug, 29thAug, 19th
Ghost FestivalAug, 12thAug, 30thAug, 18thSep, 6thAug, 27th
Mid-Autumn FestivalSep, 10thSep, 29thSep, 17thOct, 6thSep, 25th
Confucius' BirthdaySep, 20thOct, 9thSep, 27thOct, 16thOct, 5th
Chongyang FestivalOct, 4thOct, 23rdOct, 11thOct, 29thOct, 18th
Winter SolsticeDec, 22ndDec, 22ndDec, 21stDec, 21stDec, 22nd
Laba FeastDec, 30thJan, 18thJan, 7thJan, 26thJan, 15th

For all holidays, please note that although our table shows the dates of the respective holidays, the corresponding non-working days may occasionally differ. For example, the Chinese government determines for each year when the national holiday is celebrated. In 2021, this is not on October 1, but on October 10 and 11. Also 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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