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Hong Kong 2023 Public Holidays Released

Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR)
Posted: Friday, May 13, 2022

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2023 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2023" - 2023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 2023 as announced by the HKSAR Labour Department.

As was the case for the past 10 years (2021-05-29, 2020-05-18, 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 2022 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 more than a decade ago by then Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang (2010-02-15).

In 2023, contrary to what was often the case (2021-05-29, 2014-04-25, 2009-04-25 and 1998-05-13), no public holidays fall on the same date, thus obviating the need for a special treatment, though the case of 2023 Hong Kong public holidays falling on a Sunday is mentioned in a footnote ("As the first day of January and National Day in 2023 both fall on a Sunday, the day following them will be designated as a general holiday in substitution. Moreover, as Lunar New Year’s Day in 2023 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year will be designated as a general holiday in substitution.").

Finally, recall that the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2021 will increase the number of statutory holidays in Hong Kong, from 12 days to 17, over the 9-year period from 2022 to 2030 (2021-03-06).

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