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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Hong Kong public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of May 2019, and covering calendar year 2020 Hong Kong public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Hong Kong public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • May
  • 31
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  • Hong Kong 2020 Public Holidays Released

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2020 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2020"), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto, and in addition to the Statutory Holidays for 2020 as announced by the HKSAR Labour Department.
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2018

  • May
  • 11
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  • Hong Kong 2019 Public Holidays Released

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2019 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2019"), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.
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2017

  • May
  • 5
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  • Hong Kong 2018 Public Holidays Released

    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.
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2016

  • Aug
  • 1
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  • Hong Kong Nida Public Holiday August 2

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - Early Tuesday morning, local Hong Kong time, a level 8 cyclone warning was raised in Hong Kong, in expectation of cyclone Nida's passage later in the day, and the government of Hong Kong declared Tuesday, August 2, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in Hong Kong, as well as a bank holiday in Hong Kong, with closed government offices and schools for the day.
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  • May
  • 1
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  • Hong Kong 2017 Public Holidays Released

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2017 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2017"), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.
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2015

  • Jul
  • 9
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  • Hong Kong Public Holiday September 3

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) has approved the "Special Holiday (3 September 2015) Bill", which declares Thursday, September 3, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese victory in World War II.
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  • Jul
  • 6
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  • Hong Kong September 3 Public Holiday Update

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) has issued a press release announcing that it would hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in which members of the LegCo will resume the second reading debate on the "Special Holiday (3 September 2015) Bill", and then if the bill receives its second reading, it will then go through the Committee stage and be read the third time.
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  • May
  • 13
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 9
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  • 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.
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2014

  • Apr
  • 25
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Apr
  • 19
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  • 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.
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2012

  • Apr
  • 29
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  • 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.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 26
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  • 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 the day in lieu substituted when certain Hong Kong non-working public holidays fall on a Sunday.
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  • Dec
  • 15
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  • 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.
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  • Nov
  • 10
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 6
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  • 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.
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2010

  • May
  • 7
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 30
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  • Hong Kong Taoist Public Holiday Update

    China Daily (Hong Kong Edition) - Leung Tak-Wah, the Vice-chairman of Hong Kong's Taoist Association has announced that, next week, he will petition the HKSAR government to declare Laozi's birthday a statutory public holiday in Hong Kong.
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  • Feb
  • 15
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  • Hong Kong To Review Weekend Public Holidays

    RTHK Radio Television Hong Kong (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, has announced that he would discuss the need for a review of days-in-lieu for public holidays, with Labour and Welfare Secretary, Matthew Cheung.
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  • Jan
  • 9
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  • Hong Kong Confucius Public Holiday Update

    South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong lawmaker, Chan Kam-lam, has announced that he would move a Legislative Council motion next Wednesday demanding that the Hong Kong SAR government make Confucius' Birthday a new annual public holiday.
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2009

  • Apr
  • 25
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  • Hong Kong 2010 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2010 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong.
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2008

  • Aug
  • 6
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  • Hong Kong Bank, Financial, School And Government Closings Today

    Bloomberg - Earlier this morning, the level 8 cyclone warning was raised in Hong Kong, in expectation of cyclone Kammuri's passage later in the day. In response, the government of Hong Kong closed government offices and schools for the day.
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  • Apr
  • 11
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  • Hong Kong 2009 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2009.
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2007

  • Apr
  • 23
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  • China In Favor Of Replacing One Of Hong Kong's Christian Public Holidays

    Asia News - For the first time, yesterday, Beijing has stated that it was in support of replacing one of Hong Kong's 3 Easter-related public holidays with a public holiday to mark Confucius' birthday.
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  • Apr
  • 13
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  • Hong Kong 2008 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2008.
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2006

  • Oct
  • 23
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  • Hong Kong Considering Confucius' Birthday Public Holiday

    South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) - The birth of China's ancient philosopher Confucius could become a public holiday in Hong Kong, according to media reports Tuesday. Hong Kong is considering shortening the three-day Easter break by one day in order to make way for the celebration of Confucius' birth later in the year.
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  • Apr
  • 7
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  • Hong Kong 2007 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2007.
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2005

  • Apr
  • 15
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  • Hong Kong 2006 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2006.
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2004

  • Apr
  • 2
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  • Hong Kong 2005 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2005.
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2003

  • Apr
  • 4
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  • Hong Kong 2004 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2004.
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2002

  • Apr
  • 12
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  • Hong Kong 2003 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2003.
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2001

  • Apr
  • 20
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  • Hong Kong 2002 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2002.
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2000

  • May
  • 5
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  • Hong Kong 2001 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2001.
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1999

  • Jul
  • 8
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  • Hong Kong To Consider Y2K Public Holiday

    Government Information Centre (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong's Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Joseph W P Wong, has introduced a Resolution under Section 6(1) of the General Holidays Ordinance, in the Legislative Council, purporting to make December 31, 1999, a one-off public holiday.
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  • May
  • 21
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  • Hong Kong To Celebrate Buddha's Birthday As Public Holiday For The First Time

    Xinhua News Agency - Tomorrow, for the first time ever, Hong Kong will observe Buddha's Birthday as an official public holiday.
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  • May
  • 7
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  • Hong Kong 2000 Public Holidays Announced

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2000.
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1998

  • Sep
  • 9
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  • Hong Kong Legislature Changes Public Holidays

    RTHK Radio 3 (Hong Kong) - The Hong Kong Legislature has endorsed a government bill making May Day and Buddha's Birthday new annual public holidays in Hong Kong, in replacement of the August 17, Sino-Japanese War Victory Day, and the October 2, day after National Day.
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  • Aug
  • 14
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  • Hong Kong Maintains August 17 Public Holiday

    Hong Kong Bilingual Laws Information System (HKSAR) - The government of Hong Kong has announced that the recently added Sino-Japanese War Victory Day public holiday would be observed as scheduled on Monday, August 17, 1998.
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  • Jul
  • 8
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  • Hong Kong To Consider More Public Holidays Amendments

    Legislative Council (Hong Kong) - The House Committee of Hong Kong's Legislative Council has passed in first reading the Holidays (Amendment) Bill 1998 which provides for a new Schedule of general holidays for 1999 onwards.
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  • May
  • 13
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  • Hong Kong Declares Ching Ming Day In Lieu Public Holiday

    Hong Kong Bilingual Laws Information System (HKSAR) - The government of Hong Kong has announced that, next year, the day after the Ching Ming (Tomb Sweeping Day) public holiday, Tuesday, April 6, 1999, would be an additional public holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 30
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  • Hong Kong Public Holidays Revision Update

    Provisional Legislative Council Panel on Manpower (Hong Kong) - The HKSAR Provisional Legislative Council Panel on Manpower has released the minutes of the meeting held on Monday, 23 March 1998, which reported on the recent consultation exercise on the deletion of two existing public holidays to be replaced by the new general public holidays of Labour Day and Buddha's Birthday.
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1997

  • Dec
  • 3
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  • Hong Kong Adds Labour Day As Public Holiday

    HKSAR Provisional Legislative Council (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong's Provisional Legislative Council passed, after a 3rd reading, the Employment (Amendment) (No.5) Bill 1997, which adds Labour Day as a public holiday in Hong Kong.
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  • Jul
  • 31
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  • Hong Kong Changes August Public Holiday

    Ta Kung Pao (Hong Kong) - Hong Kong's Chief Executive has announced a new public holiday, Victory Over Japan Day, to be observed on the 3rd Monday of August.
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  • Jun
  • 20
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  • Hong Kong Declares 5-Day Pulic Holiday

    Xinhua News Agency (Beijing) - Hong Kong's appointed Chief Executive, Tung Chee Hwa, has declared a 5-day public holiday from Saturday, June 28, 1997, until Wednesday, July 2, 1997, inclusively, to celebrate the absorption of Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.
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  • May
  • 6
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  • Hong Kong Publishes Handover Public Holidays Bill

    Hong Kong Finance Committee (Hong Kong) - The Hong Kong legislature has published the text of the "Public Holiday (Special Holidays 1997) Bill" which declares July 1 and 2, 1997, public holidays to coincide with the handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
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1996

  • Mar
  • 24
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  • Hong Kong To Declare 2-Day Handover Public Holidays

    Xinhua News Agency (Beijing) - The government of Mainland China has announced that Hong Kong would declare 2 days of public holidays, July 1 and 2, 1997, to celebrate the handover of Hong Kong from the UK to China.
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See also: Hong Kong bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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