• Public Holiday for 2021 in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, the melting pot of Western and Eastern cultures, is truly a unique city! Despite being a Chinese sovereignty today, we can still witness the lasting impact of the UK in Hong Kong after 156 years of colonization. National Public holidays in Hong Kong are the best living examples of British influence in Hong Kong.

The Holiday System in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s holiday system is separated from the one in Mainland China. While the nine -fiver in Mainland China are only entitled to 7 public holidays, the Hong Kongers are entitled to 17 public holidays, celebrating long-established Chinese festivals such as Lunar’s New Year/ Ching Ming Festival as well as key Western festivities like Christmas and Good Friday. These 17 public holidays which are determined by the General Holidays Ordinance, are also known as bank holidays. The bank workers, educators, government departments, and social institutions usually have a day off during these public holidays. It applies to all the “white-collar workers” as well.

Statutory Holidays in Hong Kong

On the other hand, the non-office workers who widely known as “blue-collar workers” only have 12 public holidays per year, which are the 12 compulsory/statutory holidays for employees. The 12 statutory holidays are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Lunar New Year’s Day
  • 2nd day of Lunar New Year
  • 3rd day of Lunar New Year
  • Ching Ming Festival
  • Labour Day, 1st of May
  • Tuen Ng Festival
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, 1st of July
  • The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Chung Yeung Festival
  • National Day, 1st of October
  • Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer)

These blue-collar workers do not have a day off on Good Friday and the following day of Good Friday, Easter Monday, Buddha’s Birthday, and the first weekday after Christmas. Nonetheless, there is also an exception for some blue-collar workers. Some of them also enjoy 17 days off like the white-collar workers.

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Public Holidays 2021 in Hong Kong

DateDayHolidays
12 February 2021FridayLunar New Year
13 February 2021Saturday2nd day of Lunar New Year
14 February 2021Sunday3rd day of Lunar New Year
15 February 2021Monday4th of Lunar New Year
2 April 2021FridayGood Friday
3 April 2021SaturdayThe Day Following Good Friday
4 April 2021SundayChing Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day)
5 April 2021MondayEaster Monday
5 April 2021MondayThe Day Following Ching Ming Festival
6 April 2021TuesdayThe Day Following Easter Monday
1 May 2021SaturdayLabour Day
19 May 2021WednesdayBirthday of Buddha
14 June 2021MondayTuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)
1 July 2021ThursdayHKSAR Establishment Day
22 September 2021WednesdayThe Day Following Mid-Autumn Festival
1 October 2021FridayNational Day
14 October 2021ThursdayChung Yeung Festival (Double Ninth Festival)
25 December 2021SaturdayChristmas
27 December 2021MondayThe First Weekday After Christmas

Note: Public holidays dates are preliminary and are subject to change.

Hong Kong Public Holiday for 2021 FAQs

I am supposed to have three days off for Lunar New Year according to Hong Kong’s statutory holidays, what happen if either of the first three days of Lunar New Year falls on a Sunday?2020-10-16T08:54:34+00:00

In this case, the fourth day of Lunar New Year is automatically counted as a statutory holiday in Hong Kong. 

I am working on a statutory holiday, am I entitled to holiday pay in Hong Kong?2020-10-16T08:54:13+00:00

If you have been employed under a continual contract for at least three months in Hong Kongthen you are entitled to the holiday pay. 

Do private companies have the authority to decide their own schedules and allow additional holidays to their employees on top of the official public holidays?2020-10-16T08:53:57+00:00

Yes. Private companies in Hong Kong do have the right to decide their own schedules and allow additional holidays to their employees on top of the official public holidays set by the government. 

What happens if the public holiday falls on a Sunday in Hong Kong?2020-10-16T08:53:11+00:00

If a designated public holiday falls on a Sunday in Hong Kong, the immediate following Monday would be a public holiday according to Hong Kong laws. 

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