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2009 China Public Holidays

Published by  chinatravel at 2008/12/18;

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:






Public Holidays Dates Weekdays Note
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.

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