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Hong Kong 2018 Public Holidays Released
 
(Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017)

Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR)

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2018 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2018"), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.

As was the case for the past 5 years (01-May-2016, 09-May-2015, 25-Apr-2014, 19-Apr-2013 and 29-Apr-2012), the aforementioned list of calendar year 2018 Hong Kong public holidays is in line with the 2011 changes in the legislation governing non-working bank holidays and public holidays in the Hong Kong SAR (26-Dec-2011, 15-Dec-2011, and 10-Nov-2011), which stemmed from the review of day in lieu public holidays, announced 7 years ago (15-Feb-2010) by Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang.

In 2018, contrary to some previous occasions (25-Apr-2014, 25-Apr-2009 and 13-May-1998), the Ching Ming and Easter Monday public holidays will not fall on the same date, thus obviating the need for a special treatment of Ching Ming as codified in paragraph 4b) of the amendment to the Cap 57 s 39, Grant of holidays, published in Gazette Number 7 of 2001 (April 12, 2001), though the 2018 Hong Kong public holidays days in lieu was explicated by a government spokesperson ("As the third day of Lunar New Year in 2018 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year is designated as a general holiday in substitution. In addition, since the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day in 2018 falls on a Sunday, the day following it is designated as a general holiday in substitution").

Days in lieu are re-stipulated, as was the case on past occasions (09-May-2015, 25-Apr-2014, 19-Apr-2013, 29-Apr-2012, 06-May-2011, 07-May-2010, 25-Apr-2009, 13-Apr-2007, 07-Apr-2006, 15-Apr-2005, 02-Apr-2004, 04-Apr-2003, 12-Apr-2002, 20-Apr-2001, 05-May-2000 and 07-May-1999).

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
Hong Kong bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (May 2017)
Hong Kong 2017 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Hong Kong 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Hong Kong 2019 bank holidays and public holidays
Hong Kong 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
Hong Kong 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
 2016-05-01: Hong Kong 2017 Public Holidays Released
 2015-05-09: Hong Kong 2016 Public Holidays Released
 2014-04-25: Hong Kong 2015 Public Holidays Released
 2013-04-19: Hong Kong 2014 Public Holidays Released
 2012-04-29: Hong Kong 2013 Public Holidays Announced
 2011-12-26: Hong Kong Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted
 2011-12-15: Hong Kong Public Holidays Amendments Appoved
 2011-11-10: Hong Kong Public Holidays Changes For 2013
 2011-05-06: Hong Kong 2012 Public Holidays Announced
 2010-05-07: Hong Kong 2011 Public Holidays Announced
 2010-02-15: Hong Kong To Review Weekend Public Holidays
 2009-04-25: Hong Kong 2010 Public Holidays Announced
 2007-04-13: Hong Kong 2008 Public Holidays Announced
 2006-04-07: Hong Kong 2007 Public Holidays Announced
 2005-04-15: Hong Kong 2006 Public Holidays Announced
 2004-04-02: Hong Kong 2005 Public Holidays Announced
 2003-04-04: Hong Kong 2004 Public Holidays Announced
 2002-04-12: Hong Kong 2003 Public Holidays Announced
 2001-04-20: Hong Kong 2002 Public Holidays Announced
 2000-05-05: Hong Kong 2001 Public Holidays Announced
 1999-05-07: Hong Kong 2000 Public Holidays Announced
 1998-05-13: Hong Kong Declares Ching Ming Day In Lieu Public Holiday


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