Hong Kong Public Holidays, School Holidays 2019-20

Official holidays are set by the Hong Kong Government and international schools are able to set their own calendar provided they adhere to the Education Bureau's rules related to the number of teaching days required. Here, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com lists the official public holidays for 2019-20.
Hong Kong Public Holidays, School Holidays 2019-20
By Carli Allan
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Official Public Hong Kong holidays are set by the Government and usually include 17 days’ statutory holidays for workers. In general, if a statutory holiday falls on the employee's rest day, the employer is committed to giving a day off-in-lieu on a following day which is not the employee's rest day.

For 2019, the public holiday calendar looks like this:

1 January

New Year's Day

5-7 January

Lunar New Year

5 April

Ching Ming Festival

19 April

Good Friday

20 April

Holy Saturday

22 April

Easter Monday

1 May

Labour Day

13 May

Buddha's Birthday

7 June

Dragon Boat Tuen Ng Festival

1 July

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

14 September

Day following the Mid-Autumn Festival

1 October

National Day

7 October

Chung Yeung Festival

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

The first weekday after Christmas Day

 

For 2020, the following dates are set.

1 January

New Year

25-28 January

Lunar New Year

4 April

Ching Ming Festival

10 April

Good Friday

11 April

Holy Saturday

13 April

Easter Monday

30 April

Buddha's Birthday

1 May

Labour Day

25 June

Dragon Boat Tuen Ng Festival

1 July

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

1 October

National Day

2 October

Day following the Mid-Autumn Festival

26 October

Chung Yeung Festival

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

The first weekday after Christmas Day

In general, Hong Kong schools follow a late August/early September to June/early July calendar and are required to provide 190 days of schooling. Within this, schools are permitted to timetable 90 days of holiday, and a further six days (split between staff development and other days) when children are not required to attend.

A typical school calendar will, therefore, incorporate the public holidays and will be constructed to allow a one week mid-term break in Term 1 and a 3 week break at Christmas, a ten day mid-term break in Term 2 (to include Lunar New Year’s Eve) and a 2 week + 1 day break at Easter, prior to the year end in June/early July. Schools generally resume the new academic year towards the 3rd or 4th week of August.

Parents will need to confirm with their child's school in order to be sure of their holiday dates. These are generally available on-line, once the official calendar has been published by the Government.

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