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Hong Kong Holidays/ Festivals 2016


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Hong Kong 2016 Festival Calendar

This will be the Year of the Monkey in the Luna Calendar!  Watch out for plenty of Monkey-business, but the public holidays will still run according to schedule. As an ex British Colony, now part of China, and with a mix of English and Chinese influences the holiday and festival calendar is one of the busiest.

Public Holidays, are those gazzetted by the Hong Kong government and are a day off for schools, banks, offices and so on. Also known as Statuary Holidays they don't effect retail, shops, restaurants or any shopping arcades or malls nor tourist attractions.

The various lunar calendar festivities such as Chinese New Year are on different days of the calendar each year, and in 2016 the CNY falls on the 8th of Feb.  Officially there are three days off, but for many schools and more traditional businesses you'll find that they take more than a week away.

See also HK Calendar 2017

Festival Date in 2016 Public Holiday Notes   
The first day of January 1 Jan Y Friday - long weekend for those who don't work on Saturday.
Chinese New Year of the Monkey 8 Feb Y Mon
The second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year

Che Kung's Birthday

9 Feb Y*


* public holiday because of CNY, not because of Che Kung. 

The third day of the Lunar New Year 10 Feb Y Wed
Spring Lantern Festival / Yuen Siu aka  Chinese Valentine's Day 22 Feb N Mon, 15th day of 1st lunar month
Chinese Groundhog Day 5 Mar N Excited Insect solar segment
Good Friday 25 Mar Y  
The day following Good Friday 26 Mar Y  
Easter Monday 28 Mar Y  
Ching Ming Festival 4 Apr


Y Mon, grave sweeping day
Birthday of Tin Hau 29 Apr N 23rd day of 3rd lunar month is the birthday of this sea god.
Labour Day 2 May Y Sun
The weekday after Labour Day 2 May Y Mon, because Labour Day falls on Sunday.
Buddha’s Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival

also Tam Kung's Birthday

14 May Y Sat

* public holiday for birthday of Buddha - 8th day of 4th lunar month

Tuen Ng /  Dragon Boat Festival 9 Jun Y Thur, 5th day of 5th lunar month
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 1 July Y Fri
Kwan Tai / Kwan Gon's Birthday 27 Jul N Wed, 24th day of 6th lunar month
Seventh Goddess' Day / Tsat-je 9 Aug N Tue, 7th day of 7th lunar month
Chinese Ghosts Festival / Yue Lan 16 Aug N Tue, 14th day of 7th lunar month
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival 15 Sep N


Thur, 15th day of 8th lunar month. The festival is celebrated in this evening.
Day after Mid-Autumn Festival

Monkey King Festival

16 Sep Y Fri, it's the day after the festival for people to sleep in!

- birthday of Monkey King:16th day of 8th lunar month

Confucius' Birthday/Teacher's Day 27 Sep N Tue, 27th day of 8th lunar month
Chinese National Day 1 Oct Y Sat
Chung Yeung Festival 9 Oct Y Sun, 9th day of 9th lunar month
The weekday after Chung Yeung 10 Oct Y Mon, holiday because Chung Yeung falls on Sun
Diwali/Deepavali 30 Oct N Celebrated by the Hindu community only
Winter Solstice 21 Dec N Wed
Christmas Day 25 Dec Y Sun
Boxing Day 26 Dec Y Mon
Second weekday after Christmas 27 Dec Y Tue, holiday because Christmas falls on Sun

Notes: All Chinese Festivals which depend on the Lunar Calendar are calculated in advance which I have done here where possible.

See also Festivals 2015 or 2017 Calendar for HK

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