Several public holidays in Hong Kong are designed to mark festive periods and important events. You must learn about these holidays to keep abreast of the different dates and celebrations.
Hong Kong Public Holiday 2022 Calendar
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The government designs public holidays in Hong Kong for employees to take the day off to rest and mark other events/festivals without losing pay. These holidays are mandatory for employers to grant their employees. It differs from other holidays because when one holiday falls on a weekend, the weekday after it (Monday) is usually designated for a holiday.
Hong Kong uses the Gregorian calendar, which also influences daily dealings and decides public holidays.
Hong Kong Chinese New Year 2022
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The Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebration is the biggest and most famous holiday in China worldwide. It signifies the start of the Spring Festival holiday. In Chinese, the 2022 new year festival comes on February 1, while the Hong Kong people are given three public holidays, from February 1 to 3rd.
Hong Kong Chinese people celebrate this event with a unique combination of fun and ancient culture. It comprises a three days night parade, remarkable fireworks, and horse racing, making it a top-of-the-world event.
Ching Ming Festival 2022
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In 2022, the Qingming festival falls on April 4 or 5. The Chinese public holiday is from April 3 to 5, 2022.
The festival is called Tomb Sweeping Day, or ‘Pure Brightness’ Festival in English. It is a traditional Chinese festival and a memorable day for most people to ‘go and sweep tombs and felicitate with their ancestors.’
The Qingming festival began in the Zhou Dynasty (1046-221 BC) for over 2,500 years. The event originated from the flashy and extravagant ceremonies organized by many ancient emperors and wealthy people about their ancestors. On a day like this, tomb sweeping is an important event and the most popular activity in showing respect to ancestors.
Good Friday 2022
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Good Friday 2022 holiday in Hong Kong comes up on April 15. The holiday comes up before Easter Sunday, and it is to remember Jesus Christ’s death on Friday. Thus, it is to commemorate the passion, crucifixion, and death of Jesus as revealed by the Holy Bible. It is one of the two public holidays celebrated by Christians in Hong Kong.
The Good Friday holiday is a major one in Hong Kong because it was officially under the rulership of the British Empire, following the Christian faith.
Easter Monday 2022
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Easter Monday 2022 in Hong Kong comes up from Friday, April 15 to Monday 18th. Easter Monday is April 17. It’s a day off for the general public; schools and businesses do not operate. Easter Monday is a day after Easter Sunday in the Western or Eastern Christian community, where they mark the resurrection of Christ after his death and burial.
Labor Day Holiday 2022
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Labor day 2022 in Hong Kong comes up on Sunday, May 1, but is celebrated on Monday, May 2. The holiday is generally celebrated across the globe with great fanfare. The day is also called May Day and International Workers’ Day, and it’s observed as May Day or Labor Day Celebration.
Although the day is celebrated on May 1, several countries choose their date. The day relates to the beginning of spring and is also a day to celebrate workers.
Buddha’s Birthday 2022
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The birthday of Lord Buddha stands as one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Hong Kong. It’s a national holiday celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. While in the Western calendar, it’s celebrated in April or May.
On this day, the Buddhist temples and monasteries buzz with activities throughout the territory. Lanterns are lighted, which is symbolic of the Buddha’s enlightenment. Altars are also decorated with offerings and incense, with thousands of worshippers paying respect and celebrating.
Hong Kong Mid Autumn Festival 2022
Hong Kong Mid-autumn festival celebration
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Hong Kong Mid-autumn festival is usually celebrated on the 15th day of the eight-month Chinese lunar calendar. In 2022, the celebration is on September 10, and the people will have Monday, September 12, as a public holiday.
In celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival the traditional way, Lee Tung Avenue (LTA) will be lined with more than 800 colorful lanterns for visitors to enjoy the warmth of the period. The lantern lightens the avenue at 5 pm every day, welcoming the people to snap photos of the decorating event.
Hong Kong Christmas Day 2022
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Christmas day in Hong Kong is a celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, which according to tradition, takes place every December 25. The festival comes in late December, resulting from pre-existing celebrations also happening at the same time of the year, marking Winter Solstice.
While the holiday is firmly rooted in the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s now associated with many traditions. It has evolved beyond a purely Christian celebration to a broader secular celebration.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 2022
The Establishment Day celebration started on July 1 in Hong Kong, China, in 1997. The holiday marks the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. Doubled by the celebration is the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The day is celebrated with an official display of organized extravagant fireworks in the evening. It’s also a platform where political rallies demand universal suffrage.
Common FAQs on hong kong public holiday
Does Hong Kong Celebrate Chinese New Year
Yes, Hong Kong celebrates Chinese New Year, a famous festival celebrated in the fall of February 1. The public holiday in Hong Kong is from February 1 to 3rd.
Is Good Friday a Federal Holiday?
No, good Friday is not a federal holiday. It’s celebrated by the Christian faithful worldwide, but the federal government declares the holiday.
How Many Public Holidays Does Hong Kong Have in 2022?
There are 17 public holidays announced by the federal government in 2022 for the people of Hong Kong, China.
How Many Statutory Holidays are there in Hong Kong?
There are 13 statutory holidays that are compulsory for employers to give their employees in Hong Kong.