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Hong Kong bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2015, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2015

Holiday Name Observance*
Fri Labour Day
Mon Buddha's Birthday
Sat Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat Festival)
Wed HKSAR Establishment Day
* Thu Public Holiday (70th Victory Day) Tentative
Mon The day following the Mid-Autumn Festival
Thu National Day
Wed Chung Yeung Festival
Fri Christmas Day
Sat The first weekday following Christmas Day (Boxing Day)
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Recent News and Updates

13 May 2015 Hong Kong Mulls September 3 Public Holiday (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) Hong Kong's Labour Department has followed China's earlier announcement that September 3, 2015, would be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in China, by announcing yesterday that it would submit a bill to the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) later this month to also make the day of September 3, 2015, a non-working public holiday in Hong Kong.  09 May 2015 Hong Kong 2016 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of 2016 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.  25 Apr 2014 Hong Kong 2015 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of 2015 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.  19 Apr 2013 Hong Kong 2014 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2014 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as recent amendments thereto.  29 Apr 2012 Hong Kong 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2013 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong.  26 Dec 2011 Hong Kong Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has gazetted the General Holidays and Employment Legislation (Substitution of Holidays) (Amendment) Bill 2011 which was recently-approved by the Hong Kong Legislative Council and which change change the day in lieu substituted when certain Hong Kong non-working public holidays fall on a Sunday.  15 Dec 2011 Hong Kong Public Holidays Amendments Appoved (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Legislative Council has voted to approve the recently-submitted General Holidays and Employment Legislation (Substitution of Holidays) (Amendment) Bill 2011 which to change the day in lieu substituted when certain non-working public holidays fall on a Sunday.  10 Nov 2011 Hong Kong Public Holidays Changes For 2013 (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has announced that it will gazette tomorrow an amendment to the manner in which the Lunar New Year and Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival non-working public holidays are determined.  06 May 2011 Hong Kong 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2012 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong.  07 May 2010 Hong Kong 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2011 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Hong Kong public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Hong Kong are regulated by the General Holidays Ordinance (Chapter: 149, Gazette Number: 35 of 1998), which came into effect starting in 1999, and replaced or amended the Holidays Ordinance (1997 and 1998) Sections 2(2) and (3) and 3(1) and (2). (Cap. 534).  Statutory Holidays: The Employment Ordinance, Cap. 57 (Statutory Holidays) of Hong Kong's labour legislation earmarks 12 of the general public holidays as statutory holidays. This legislation, apart from specifying which holidays must be paid to employees, also mentions that employees have the option, in agreement with their employer, to choose between Christmas Day (December 25) and Dongzhi (Winter Solstice according to the Chinese Solar Calendar, around the 22nd of December) as one of their 12 statutory holidays, although Dongzhi is not one of the official public holidays in Hong Kong.  Ching Ming: The case of the Ching Ming public holiday, which can on occasion fall on the same date as one of the Easter-related holidays, is addressed by the 1998 General Holidays Ordinance.  Sunday is not a work day. Public holidays falling on a Sunday are generally moved to the following Monday.  Saturday is not an official day off; however, many companies give their employees the whole day or half a day off.  2008 Olympics: Although, officially taking place in Beijing, a rash of equine diseases and substandard quarantine procedures in China forced Beijing to hand the equestrian events to Hong Kong, which has a well-established racing circuit. Hong Kong is planning to spend up to US$20 million to stir up Olympic fever, and is planning to set up two large television screens in parks on both sides of Hong Kong's harbor where people could follow the Beijing Games.  Hong Kong International Codes HK and HKG (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .hk (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Hong Kong information and news: Hong Kong Monetary Authority (Hong Kong central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Hong Kong maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Hong Kong), and Wikipedia (includes Hong Kong commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Hong Kong, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2015 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Hong Kong, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Hong Kong, before planning any trip to Hong Kong. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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