2020: Hong Kong's School, Public Holidays

Here's a look at the international school and public holidays that you can expect in 2020. Some of the dates may vary according to your school's own calendar, so make sure you check with the school before booking any flights!
2020: Hong Kong's School, Public Holidays
By Carli Allan
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Now that the long summer vacation has come to an end, it’s time to start planning for the next holiday!

Here’s a schedule of international school holidays as well as public holidays in 2020. Do bear in mind that some of the school holidays may differ.

These are the dates however that you can pencil in your diaries so you can start planning your mini-breaks and long summer holidays from... now!

2020 public holidays

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

2019-20 term dates for British/US/European primary and secondary schools

In general, international schools in Hong Kong 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 three-week break at Christmas, a 10 day mid-term break in Term 2 (to include Lunar New Year’s Eve) and a two week 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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