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China Public Holiday & Festivals

Post Date: 2017/08/03 11:51
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Overview of China Public Holiday
Chinese people legally enjoy over 115 days off including 104 days of weekends and 11 days of festivals. Employees have 5 to 15 days of paid annual leave.

Students and teachers have summer and winter vacations for about three months. The summer vacation in China generally starts around July 1st and ends around August 31st, and the winter vacation usually falls on January or Februry according to the date of the Spring Festival.

China has 7 legal holidays in a year, including New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. At the festivals, all Chinese people will be on vacation.

Spring Festival (Normally in Jan or Feb, 7 day's holiday)
Spring Festival is often called "New Year" due to the lunar calendar used in Chinese history. According to this, it is the first day of the first lunar month, and marks the beginning of a year. This is often associated with the twelve animals of the Zodiac, with different animals being associated with the year in twelve yearly cycles.

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Qingming Festival(5 April, 3 days holiday)
Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional Chinese festival usually occurring around April 5 of Chinese calendar.

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Dragon Boat Festival (5, Lunar May, 3 days holiday)
Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional and statutory holiday associated with Chinese and other East Asian and Southeast Asian societies as well. The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar on which the Chinese calendar is based.

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Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival)
It is one of Chinese traditional festivals, and also known as a Chinese Valentine's Day. It's based on a romantic legend about a weaver girl and an ox herd. It falls on the 7th day of the 7th Chinese lunar month. In 2020 that's August 25 (Tuesday). There is no public holiday.

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Mid-Autumn Festival(15, Lunar August, 3 days holiday)
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang dynasty.

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The National Day (1 Oct, 7 days holiday)
The People's Republic of China's National Day was originated on October 1st, 1949. Taking place in the afternoon in the middle of Tian'anmen Square, one of the largest open spaces in Beijing, the holiday marks the first time the five star flag was raised. The ceremony took place in front of 300,000 people as Chairman Mao declared the founding of the PRC.


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