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Hong Kong 2021 Public Holidays Released

Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR)
Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020


The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2021 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2021" - 2021年公眾假期), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto, and in addition to the Statutory Holidays for 2021 as announced by the HKSAR Labour Department.

As was the case for the past 8 years (2019-05-31, 2018-05-11, 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 2021 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 9 years ago (2010-02-15) by then Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang.

As sometimes happens, the Lunar New Year holidays in 2021 in Hong Kong will last 4 days ("As the third day of Lunar New Year in 2021 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year is designated as a general holiday in substitution").

In 2021, as was the case on some other occasions (2014-04-25, 2009-04-25 and 1998-05-13), the day in lieu for the Ching Ming public holiday and the Easter Monday public holiday fall on the same date, thus requiring a special treatment of Ching Ming ("as Ching Ming Festival in 2021 falls on a Sunday, the following day will be designated as a general holiday in substitution. However, as the day following Ching Ming Festival and Easter Monday fall on the same day, the next following day that is not itself a general holiday will be observed as an additional general holiday"). However, contrary to what happened 6 years ago under similar circumstances (2014-04-25), the names given for these days in lieu are odd, namely "The day following Ching Ming Festival" on Easter Monday, and "The day following Easter Monday" for the Ching Ming day in lieu.

Finally, the possibility of adding more public holidays in Hong Kong was briefly, and inconclusively, mentioned ("With regard to the proposal for gradually increasing the number of statutory holidays, we need to make an objective assessment of the financial burden on employers brought by the proposal and its impact on the society and economy, etc. After completing the analysis, we will submit it to the Labour Advisory Board for discussion this year").



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