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Hong Kong bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Hong Kong Public Holidays in 2017
Jan.    Sun The first day of January
        Mon The first weekday in January
        Sat Lunar New Year's Day
        Sun The second day of the Lunar New Year
        Mon The third day of the Lunar New Year
        Tue The fourth day of the Lunar New Year
Apr.    Tue Ching Ming (Tomb Sweeping Day)
        Fri Good Friday
        Sat The day after Good Friday (Holy Saturday)
        Mon Easter Monday
May     Mon Labour Day
        Wed Buddha's Birthday
        Tue Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat Festival)
July  1 Sat HKSAR Establishment Day
Oct.  1 Sun National Day
      2 Mon The day following National Day
      5 Thu The day following the Mid-Autumn Festival
     28 Sat Chung Yeung Festival
Dec. 25 Mon Christmas Day
     26 Tue The first weekday following Christmas Day (Boxing Day)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

05 May 2017 Hong Kong 2018 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2018 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2018"), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.  01 Aug 2016 Hong Kong Nida Public Holiday August 2 (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) Early Tuesday morning, local Hong Kong time, a level 8 cyclone warning was raised in Hong Kong, in expectation of cyclone Nida's passage later in the day, and the government of Hong Kong declared Tuesday, August 2, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in Hong Kong, as well as a bank holiday in Hong Kong, with closed government offices and schools for the day.  01 May 2016 Hong Kong 2017 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2017 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2017"), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.  09 Jul 2015 Hong Kong Public Holiday September 3 (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) has approved the "Special Holiday (3 September 2015) Bill", which declares Thursday, September 3, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese victory in World War II.  06 Jul 2015 Hong Kong September 3 Public Holiday Update (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) has issued a press release announcing that it would hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in which members of the LegCo will resume the second reading debate on the "Special Holiday (3 September 2015) Bill", and then if the bill receives its second reading, it will then go through the Committee stage and be read the third time.    13 May 2015 Hong Kong Mulls September 3 Public Holiday (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) Hong Kong's Labour Department has followed China's earlier announcement that September 3, 2015, would be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in China, by announcing yesterday that it would submit a bill to the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) later this month to also make the day of September 3, 2015, a non-working public holiday in Hong Kong.  09 May 2015 Hong Kong 2016 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of 2016 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.  25 Apr 2014 Hong Kong 2015 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of 2015 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.  19 Apr 2013 Hong Kong 2014 Public Holidays Released (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2014 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as recent amendments thereto.  29 Apr 2012 Hong Kong 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2013 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Hong Kong public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Hong Kong are regulated by the General Holidays Ordinance (Chapter: 149, Gazette Number: 35 of 1998), which came into effect starting in 1999, and replaced or amended the Holidays Ordinance (1997 and 1998) Sections 2(2) and (3) and 3(1) and (2). (Cap. 534).  Statutory Holidays: The Employment Ordinance, Cap. 57 (Statutory Holidays) of Hong Kong's labour legislation earmarks 12 of the general public holidays as statutory holidays. This legislation, apart from specifying which holidays must be paid to employees, also mentions that employees have the option, in agreement with their employer, to choose between Christmas Day (December 25) and Dongzhi (Winter Solstice according to the Chinese Solar Calendar, around the 22nd of December) as one of their 12 statutory holidays, although Dongzhi is not one of the official public holidays in Hong Kong.  Ching Ming: The case of the Ching Ming public holiday, which can on occasion fall on the same date as one of the Easter-related holidays, is addressed by the 1998 General Holidays Ordinance.  Sunday is not a work day. Public holidays falling on a Sunday are generally moved to the following Monday.  Saturday is not an official day off; however, many companies give their employees the whole day or half a day off.  2008 Olympics: Although, officially taking place in Beijing, a rash of equine diseases and substandard quarantine procedures in China forced Beijing to hand the equestrian events to Hong Kong, which has a well-established racing circuit. Hong Kong is planning to spend up to US$20 million to stir up Olympic fever, and is planning to set up two large television screens in parks on both sides of Hong Kong's harbor where people could follow the Beijing Games.  Hong Kong International Codes HK and HKG (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .hk (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Hong Kong information and news: Hong Kong Monetary Authority (Hong Kong central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Hong Kong maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Hong Kong), and Wikipedia (includes Hong Kong commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Hong Kong, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Hong Kong, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Hong Kong.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Hong Kong, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Hong Kong, before planning any trip to Hong Kong. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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