The Chinese New Year 2021 Hong Kong will be the start of The Chinese Year of the Ox or Bull. So 2021 might be good time for stockmarkets that could be “bullish”, or it night be a good year to eat more beef.  Or if it is a good year for Ox then maybe people will eat less beef and there could be an upsurge of veganism!   All options are opening for this exciting year which is the second in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  In Chinese the symbol 丑 implies something earthy, so happy year of the 牛年 !

Note that this is not the buffalo or the cow, though those animals are used in other countries they are not done so in Hong Kong for this year.


Hong Kong 2021 Festival Calendar
Festival celebrated in HK Date in 2021 Public Holiday Notes  
The first day of January /
1 Jan Y Fri  


Chinese New Year of the Ox / Bull
/ 農曆年初一
12 Feb Y Fri – 1st day of the 1st month of the new lunar calendar
The second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year also Che Kung’s Birthday 13 Feb Y Sat – 2nd day
The third day of
the Lunar New Year
14 Feb Y Sun – And western Valentine’s day, but the Chinese Valentine’s day is the
15th day of the first lunar month (Spring
Lantern Festival)
.  Only there is also one on the third of the third,
and the 7th of the 7th month!  Chinese are very romantic!
The fourth day of Chinese New Year 15 Feb Y Mon, not normally a public holiday but this year it compensates for the
three day holiday being over a weekend.
Spring Lantern Festival / Yuen Siu 26 Feb N Fri – Traditionally people light lanterns and go out to see them, a good
excuse for dating couples so also a kind of “Chinese Valentine’s Day. Also quiz time!
Chinese Groundhog Day 7 Mar N Excited Insect solar segment starts marking the end of Winter, the day for symbolically beating your enemies

Good Friday

2 Apr Y Friday, obviously – start of the Easter holiday
Ching Ming Festival / 清明節 4 or 5 of Apr Y Sunday/Monday – exact calculations pending
Easter Monday
5 Apr Y Mon
Second weekday after Ching Ming 6 Apr Y Tue – as Ching Ming is on a Sunday this year the next day that would
otherwise be working becomes a public holiday (subject to confirmation by the
Double Third 14 Apr   3rd day of the third lunar month or Double Third
Labour Day 1 May Y Sat – so a day off that many people have off anyway
Birthday of Tin Hau 4 May N Wed – 23rd day of 3rd lunar month
Buddha’s Birthday and
Cheung Chau Bun Festival 
also Tam Kung’s
18 May Y Tue – 8th day of 4th lunar month – May be moved to next day.
Tuen Ng / Dragon Boat Festival / 端午節 14 Jun Y Thur – 5th day of 5th lunar month
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
1 Jul Y Thu
Kwan Tai / Kwan Gon’s Birthday 2 Aug N Mon – 24th day of 6th lunar month

Seventh Goddess’ Day / Tsat-je
14 Aug N 7th day of 7th lunar month
Chinese Ghosts Festival
/ Yue Lan
21 Aug N 14th day of 7th lunar month
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival 21 Sep N Tue – celebrate in the evening – 15th day of 8th lunar month
Day after Mid-Autumn Festival Monkey King Festival 22 Sep Y Wed – a day off after the festival
for people to rest.- Monkey
King birthday: 16th day of 8th lunar month

Chinese National Day
1 Oct Y Thur
Confucius’ Birthday/Teacher’s Day 3 Oct N 27th day of 8th lunar month

Chung Yeung Festival / 重陽節
14 Oct Y Thu  – 9th day of 9th lunar month or “Double 9th”
Winter Solstice / 冬至 21 Dec N A day for a family gathering in the evening

Christmas Day
25 Dec Y  
Boxing Day 26 Dec Y A British tradition that is maintained in Hong Kong

Every employee in Hong Kong is entitled to a day-off away from work on the Public or “Statutory” Holidays.  That also includes Foreign Domestic Helpers who get the same holiday days as other workers in the SAR.  Public holidays
were previously known as “gazetted holidays”.

See also Festivals 2020 and Festivals 2022 if you are planning in advance!

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