Earlier this month, the States Council of PR. China has officially announced the detailed schedules for the 2012 China public holidays.
Chinese people usually enjoys seven public holidays in a year, including the International New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Qingming Festival, International Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-autumn Festival and the National Day of China. But in 2012, there will be only six public holidays, because the mid-autumn festival holiday will be combined with the national day holiday, and there will be an eight-day-long holiday.
The following table is the official schedule for China public holidays 2012:
|Public Holidays||Date||Holiday Schedule||Duration||Note|
|New Year's Day 2012||Jan.1,2012||Jan.1-Jan.3||3 days||Celebration on the beginning of a year based on the Gregorian calendar.|
|Chinese New Year||Jan.23,2012||Jan.22-Jan.28||7 days||There are only seven days for the public holiday, but usually Chinese people celebrates Chinese new year for 15 days. In 2012, it will be celebrated from January 22,2012 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to February 2,2012 (Lantern Festival)|
|Qingming Festival||Apr.4,2012||Apr.2-Apr.4||3 days||It is one of the 24 Chinese solar terms, and also a festival for Chinese people to commemorate the dead.|
|Labor Day||May 1,2012||Apr.29-May 1||3 days||It is a celebration of the International Labor Day in China.|
|Dragon Boat Festival||Jun.23,2012||Jun.22-Jun.24||3 days||It is a traditional festival for dragon boat racing and eating rice-dumplings(zong zi).|
|Mid-autumn Festival||Sept.30,2012||Sept.30-Oct. 7||8 days||A traditional festival for people to get together with their families, appreciating the full moon and eating delicious mooncakes.|
|National Holiday||Oct.1,2012||The cerebration on the founding of new P.R. China.|
The following schedules for China public holidays 2013 are only for your reference, the exact schedules will be reconfirmed by the State Council of China during the end of 2012.
|Public Holidays||Date||Holiday Schedule||Duration|
|New Year's Day 2013||Jan 1,2013||Jan.1-Jan.3,2013||3 days|
|Chinese New Year||Feb.10,2013||Feb.9-Feb.15,2013||7 days|
|Qingming Festival||April 4,2013||Apr.4-Apr.6,2013||3 days|
|Labor Day||May 1,2013||May 1 - May 3,2013||3 days|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 13,2013||June 13-June 15,2013||3 days|
|Mid-autumn Festival||Sept.19,2013||Sept.19-Sept.21,2013||3 days|
|National Holiday||Oct.1,2013||Oct. 1 - Oct. 7,2013||7 days|
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