Official Hong Kong Holidays for 2017 and 2018

Official holidays are set by the Hong Kong Government and published in the official Gazette. If only it were as simple for the School Calendar! Private 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. WhichSchoolAdvisor.com provides the details of the Official Holidays and our advisory around probable term dates.
Official Hong Kong Holidays for 2017 and 2018
By Lyn Soppelsa
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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 2017, the public holiday calendar looks like this:

2 January

Lieu day following the first day of January

28-31 January

Lunar New Year

4 April

Ching Ming Festival

14 April

Good Friday

15 April

Holy Saturday

17 April

Easter Monday

1 May

Labour Day

3 May

Buddha's Birthday

30 May

Dragon Boat Tuen Ng Festival

1 July

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

2 October

Day in lieu of the National Day

5 October

Day in lieu of the Mid-Autumn Festival

28 October

Chung Yeung Festival

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

The first weekday after Christmas Day

 

For 2018, the following dates are set.

1 January

New Year

16-19 January

Lunar New Year

30 March

Good Friday

31 March

Holy Saturday

2 April

Easter Monday

5 April

Ching Ming Festival

1 May

Labour Day

22 May

Buddha's Birthday

18 June

Dragon Boat Tuen Ng Festival

2 July

Day in lieu of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

25 September

Day in lieu of the Mid-Autumn Festival

1 October

National Day

17 October

Chung Yeung Festival

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

The first weekday after Christmas Day

As the third day of Lunar New Year in 2018 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year is designated as a general holiday in substitution. In addition, since the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day in 2018 falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it is designated as a general holiday in substitution.

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 6 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/ren's school in order to be sure of their holiday dates. These are generally available on-line, once the gazetted Official Calendar has been published by the Government.

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