China Holidays

Spring Festival Eve (Chinese New Year's Eve)

The last day of a year is called the Spring Festival Eve or lunar New Year's Eve in China. It marks the end of the old year. People would try their best to come home for the family reunion dinner on the Spring Festival Eve.

Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)

Chinese Spring Festival is regarded as the most important traditional festival by the Chinese people. Customs, traditions, food, decorations and taboos are introduced. 2023 is the year of Rabbit falls on Jan. 22.

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is the first important festival after the Chinese Spring Festival pushing the Chinese New Year celebration to an exciting climax and marking its end.

The holidays in China varies greatly and rich in different activities. They are an important part of Chinese history and culture. From the holidays, you can learn China’s rich culture and long history vividly.

Following are Chinese holidays with meanings (or customs) and exact times to celebrate for 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Chinese Holidays Calendar
Holidays Remarks 2021 2022 2023
New Year's Day Celebrating the New Year Jan.1 Jan.1 Jan.1
Little New Year (Festival of the Kitchen God) Worshipping the Kitchen God, Sweeping Dust  Feb.4 Jan.25 Jan.14
Laba Festival Eating Laba rice porridge Jan.10
Chinese Spring Festival Eve The day before the Spring Festival: family gathering for a reunion dinner, cleaning and decorating houses, setting firecrackers, etc. Feb.11 Jan.31 Jan.21
Chinese Spring Festival Family gathering and festivities for 3-15 days to celebrate the Chinese New Year Feb.12 Feb.1 Jan.22
Lantern Festival Eating yuanxiao, watching lanterns and fireworks, guessing lantern riddles Feb.26 Feb.15 Feb.5
Dragon Heads-raising Day (Spring/Blue Dragon Festival) The day to cut hair. After the day, there will be more and more rains. Mar.14 Mar.4 Feb.21
Women's Day The day to remember the women's struggle for getting the reasonable right and peace Mar. 8 Mar. 8 Mar. 8
Arbor Day Planting trees Mar.12 Mar.12 Mar.12
Cold Food Festival No fire allowed and only cold food can be eaten Apr.3 Apr.4 Apr.4
Qingming Festival The day to sacrifice ancestors, sweep tombs of the deceased relatives and go out for traveling Apr.4 Apr.5 Apr.5
May Day The day for the working people worldwide May1 May1 May1
Youth Day The day to encourage the youngsters over 14 to study hard May 4 May 4 May 4
International Nurse Day commemorating Florence Nightingale May 12 May 12 May 12
Children's Day The day for the world children Jun.1 Jun.1 Jun.1
Dragon Boat Festival The day to commemorate the death of the famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan: Eating Zongzi and dragon boat racing, etc. Jun.14 Jun.3 Jun.22
Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party to celebrate for the founding of the Chinese Communist Party Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1
Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army to celebrate the birth of PLA Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Aug. 1
Double Seventh Festival Chinese Valentine's Day Aug.14 Aug.4 Aug.22
Ghost Festival
(Zhongyuan Festival or Yu Lan Pen Festival)
Family members offer prayers to their deceased relatives Sep.22 Aug.12 Aug.12
Teachers' Day to show respect to teachers Sep.10 Sep.10 Sep.10
Mid-Autumn Festival Family gathering to eat moon cakes and appreciate the bright full moon Oct.21 Sep.10 Sep.29
National Day Celebrating for the founding of the People's Republic of China Oct.1 Oct.1 Oct.1
The Double Ninth Festival (Chongyang Festival) Chinese Senior's Day Oct.14 Oct.4 Oct.23
Hanyi Festival (Winter Clothing Festival) Burning of winter clothing; giving offerings to the deceased; eating noodles, dumplings... Nov.5 Oct.25 Nov.13
Journalists' Day to praise the achievements of journalists Nov.8 Nov.8 Nov.8
Spirit Festival (Xiayuan Festival) Giving offerings to the deceased Nov.19 Nov.8 Nov.27
Winter Solstice Eating dumplings and sweet soup balls Dec.21 Dec.22 Dec.22

1. The above dates refer to the Gregorian calendar.
2. Above them the most important traditional Chinese festivals are Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day, Chongyang Festival, Winter Solistice and Laba Festival.

Statutory Public Holidays

There are seven statutory holidays in China: New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day and National Day.

Workers will be given 3 times' salary for the work during the statutory holiday time. Except the Spring Festival and the National Day, the others are allowed to have one day off. As most of them can be combined with the neighboring weekend, Chinese people usually enjoy three days for these holidays. Fort the Spring Festival and National Day, the legal days are three. By combining two weekends with them, people can enjoy seven days off for each of these two holidays. So, during those periods, you can see many Chinese people in scenic spots, shopping malls, railway stations, airports and everywhere.

Following are the calendar of Chinese legal holidays with the dates and holiday durations for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Calendar for Chinese Statutory Public Holidays
Holidays Date Legal Holiday Days 2020 Date with Holiday Durations 2021 Date with Holiday Durations 2022 Date with Holiday Durations
New Year's Day Jan. 1 1 day Dec. 30, 2020 -
Jan. 1, 2021 off
Jan. 1 - 3, 2021 off Jan. 1 - 3, 2022 off
Spring Festival Jan. 1 (Chinese Lunar Calendar) 3 days Jan. 25
(Jan. 24 - Feb.2 off)
Feb. 12
(Feb. 11 - 17 off)
Feb. 1
(Jan. 31 - Feb.6 off)
Qingming Apr. 4 or 5 1 day Apr. 4
(Apr. 4 - 6 off)
Apr. 4
(Apr. 3 - 5 off)
Apr. 5
(Apr. 3 - 5 off)
May Day May 1 1 day May 1 - 5 off May 1 - 5 off Apr.30 - May 2 off
Dragon Boat 5th of 5th
(Chinese Lunar Calendar)
1 day June 25
(June 25 - 27 off)
June 14
(June 12 - 14 off)
June 3
(June 3 - 5 off)
Mid-Autumn Day Aug. 15 (Chinese Lunar Calendar) 1 day Oct. 1 - 8 off Sep. 21
(Sep. 19 - 21 off)
Sep. 13
Sep.9 - 11 off
National Day Oct. 1 3 days
(Oct. 1 - 3)
Oct. 1 - 8 off Oct. 1 - 7 off Oct. 1 - 7 off

Chinese Calendar

27初四/4 28初五/5 29初六/6 30初七/7 1初八/8 2初九/9 3初十/10
4十壹/11 5十二/12 6十三/13 7十四/14 8十五/15 9十六/16 10十七/17
11十八/18 12十九/19 13二十/20 14廿壹/21 15廿二/22 16廿三/23 17廿四/24
18廿五/25 19廿六/26 20廿七/27 21廿八/28 22廿九/29 臘月 (Dec) 23初壹/1 24初二/2
25初三/3 26初四/4 27初五/5 28初六/6 29初七/7 30初八/8 31初九/9

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