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Hong Kong : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Dollar (HKD)
  • Banks are open on Saturday, except after Good Friday
    Internet extension: .hk - Telephone code: +852 - International dialing code: 001 - GMT offset: +8 (DST: yes)
  • Week-end: Saturday afternoon & Sunday
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    Wednesday December 21, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Boxing DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday December 27, 2022Christmas Day (forwarded to Tuesday)Catholic or protestant
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 3, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday January 21, 2023Chinese New Year (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday January 22, 2023Chinese New YearSecular holiday
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    Monday January 23, 2023Chinese New YearSecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 24, 2023Chinese New YearSecular holiday
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    Wednesday January 25, 2023Chinese New YearSecular holiday
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    Wednesday February 1, 2023Chinese New Year (end)School holidays
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    Monday February 6, 2023Lantern FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday February 12, 2023Hong Kong MarathonSports events
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday April 1, 2023April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Tuesday April 4, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday April 5, 2023Tomb-Sweeping Day (Ching Ming or Qingming Festival)Buddhism (Vajrayana)
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Saturday April 8, 2023Holy SaturdayCatholic
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 17, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labour DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday May 10, 2023Hofex AsiaTradeshows
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday May 26, 2023Buddha's AnniversaryBuddhism (Vajrayana)
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    Sunday June 11, 2023Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday June 15, 2023International Travel ExpoTradeshows
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    Sunday June 18, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday June 22, 2023Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boats)Secular holiday
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    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday December 21, 2022
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Boxing Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    Secular holiday :

    Christmas Day (forwarded to Tuesday)

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    Tuesday December 27, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Due to historical reasons, Christmas this year is celebrated AFTER Boxing day

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    New Year's Day

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 3, 2023
    School holidays : Www.edb.gov.hk
    based on the guidelines published by the Ministry of Education - MAY VARY FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL
    PISA ranking (average 493): 523 (among the 10 best WW)
    school day duration: 7:30 hours
    Schooling is mandatory till age 19
    schools remain open on Saturday
    Number of instructional days: 190
    school uniforms required
    QS Best Student Cities rating for Hong Kong: #12
    The University of Hong Kong ranking: Times Higher Education #43/QS ranking #26/Shanghai #101

    We carry confirmed dates (guidelined) till Aug 2023 -- but schools may modify these dates

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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    Chinese New Year (beginning)

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    Saturday January 21, 2023
    School holidays :

    Chinese New Year

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    Sunday January 22, 2023
    Secular holiday : Employers who require employees to work during the holiday must provide them with an alternative day off within 60 days of the holiday

    Chinese New Year

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    Monday January 23, 2023
    Secular holiday : Employers who require employees to work during the holiday must provide them with an alternative day off within 60 days of the holiday

    Chinese New Year

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    Tuesday January 24, 2023
    Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Chinese New Year

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    Wednesday January 25, 2023
    Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday

    Chinese New Year (end)

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    Wednesday February 1, 2023
    School holidays : Holiday extended due to epidemics

    Lantern Festival

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    Monday February 6, 2023
    Culture : Called Chap Go Meh, Yuan Xiao Jie, Yuen Siu or Shangyuan. First full moon after the Chinese New Year - also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day.

    Hong Kong Marathon

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    Sunday February 12, 2023
    Sports events : Www.hkmarathon.com/
    https://marathon.rotary3450.org/ 2023 edition confirmed

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    April Fools Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Tuesday April 4, 2023
    School holidays :

    Tomb-Sweeping Day (Ching Ming or Qingming Festival)

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    Wednesday April 5, 2023
    Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Traditional celebration since the second century B.C. Considered an unlucky day for business.

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Holy Saturday

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    Saturday April 8, 2023
    Catholic : Paid holiday

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday April 17, 2023
    School holidays :

    Labour Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Hofex Asia

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    Wednesday May 10, 2023
    Tradeshows : Www.hofex.com/ lasts 4 days 2023 edition CONFIRMED

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    Buddha's Anniversary

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    Friday May 26, 2023
    Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on April 8th, 623 B.C.E. in ancient northern India (now in Nepal) as Prince Siddhartha. It is a holiday observed by Buddhists throughout the world, though the exact date may differ from country to country. It is a

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Sunday June 11, 2023
    School holidays :

    International Travel Expo

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    Thursday June 15, 2023
    Tradeshows : Https://www.itehk.com/travelexpo/ 2023 edition confirmed

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday June 18, 2023
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    Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boats)

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    Thursday June 22, 2023
    Secular holiday : 5th day of the 5th lunar month, honoring the patriotic poet Qu Yuan with colorful dragon boat races. Zogzi dumplings (sticky rice with seasoning wrapped in reed leaves).