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Hong Kong 2019 Public Holidays Released

Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR)
Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018
Most recent follow-up news item: May 13, 2022

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.

As was the case for the past 6 years (2017-05-05, 2016-05-01, 2015-05-09, 2014-04-25, 2013-04-19 and 2012-04-29), the aforementioned list of calendar year 2019 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 (2011-12-26, 2011-12-15, and 2011-11-10), which stemmed from the review of day in lieu public holidays, announced 8 years ago (2010-02-15) by Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang.

In 2019, contrary to some previous occasions (2014-04-25, 2009-04-25 and 1998-05-13), 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 2019 Hong Kong public holidays days in lieu was explicated by a government spokesperson ("As the Birthday of the Buddha in 2019 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 (2015-05-09, 2014-04-25, 2013-04-19, 2012-04-29, 2011-05-06, 2010-05-07, 2009-04-25, 2007-04-13, 2006-04-07, 2005-04-15, 2004-04-02, 2003-04-04, 2002-04-12, 2001-04-20, 2000-05-05 and 1999-05-07).

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