Hong Kong became a colony of Britain since 1840s.

After 100-year colonial era, she returned to China in July 1997 and remains as Special Administrative Region of PCR.

Influenced by both Chinese and Western culture, Hong Kong is considered as a place where West meets East. However, it is not only about culture and custom, but also holidays…

The great part of Hong Kong is citizens on this land can enjoy both Chinese and Western holidays…On both the Chinese holidays such as Mid-autumn Day, Tuen Ng Festival, Chinese New Year, China National Day as well as the Western like Easter and Christmas, Hong Kong residence can enjoy day-off…

The best of all is Hong Kong people can celebrate a holiday that only belongs to them: The Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day.

Fireworks on the China National Day

Fireworks on the Chinese New Year

Here are the lists of Hong Kong public holidays of 2012…

January 1

New Year’s Day (Sunday)

January 2 *

The first day following the New Year’s Day (Monday)

January 23

Lunar New Year’s Day (Chinese New Year) (Monday)

January 24

The second Day of Lunar New Year (Tuesday)

January 25

The third Day of Lunar New Year (Wednesday)


April 4

Ching Ming Festival (Wednesday)

April 6

Good Friday (Friday)

April 7

The day following Good Friday (Saturday)

April 9

Easter Monday (Monday)

April 28

Buddha’s Birthday (Saturday)


May 1

Labour Day (Tuesday)


June 23

Tuen Ng Festival (Saturday)


July 1

Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day (Sunday)

July 2*

The day following Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day (Monday)


September 30

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Sunday)


October 1 **

National Day/The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Monday)

October 2 **

The day following National Day (Tuesday)

October 23

Cheung Yeung Festival (Tuesday)


December 25

Christmas Day (Tuesday)

December 26

The first weekday after Christmas Day (Wednesday)

* Hong Kong Government is very generous when it comes to official holidays. Since the first day of January as well as the Establishment Day of the Hong Kong SAR both fall on a Sunday in the year 2012, the government designated the days following them as additional general holidays.

** In addition, since the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival as well as the National Day will fall on the same day in 2012, the Hong Kong Government decided that the next following day which is not itself a general holiday will become an additional general holiday (October 2nd, 2012).

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