Public holidays in 2009 are concentrated into 3 months: Jan, May and Oct. There are two public holidays in each of these months. 2009 Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) comes early on Jan 26 and it is the Year of Ox. We have a special new year greeting mixing English with Chinese: Happy Niu (牛) Year this time as Ox (牛) is pronounced the same as “New” in Chinese.
Key holidays (including both public holidays and "off" days) as below:
|New Year 2009||Jan 1, 2, 3||Thu, Fri, Sat||The same with western countries.|
|China New Year||Jan 25-31||Sun to Sat||It is the most important festival for Chinese.|
|Qingming Festival||April 4, 5, 6||Sat to Mon|
|Labor Day||May 1, 2, 3||Fri to Sun|
|Dragon Boat Festival||May 28, 29, 30||Thu, Fri, Sat||It is a traditional festival for Dragon boat racing an eating rice-dumplings.|
|Mid-autumn Festival & National Holiday||Oct 1 - Oct 8||Sat to the next Sat||The 2009 Mud-autumn Festival (follow Chinese Lunar Calendar) and National Holiday overlap each other so the government combine them to one longer holiday.|