China Public Holidays - Top 7 Holidays 2024

Written by Apple Updated Dec. 21, 2023

There are currently 7 official public holidays in China: New Year's Day, Chinese New Year (the Spring Festival), Qingming Festival, Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and National Day.

2024 China Public Holidays Calendar

2024 Date   Holiday Name 2024 Days Off
Jan. 1 Monday New Year's Day Dec. 30 - Jan. 1
Feb. 10 Saturday Chinese Lunar New Year (Spring Festival) Feb. 10 - 17
Mar. 8 Friday Women's Day All women have half a day off
Apr. 4 Thursday Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) Apr. 4 - 6
May. 1 Wednesday Labor Day May. 1 - 5
May. 4 Saturday Youth Day Half-day for youth above 28 years old
Jun. 1 Saturday Children's Day Children under 14 years old have a day off
Jun. 10 Monday Dragon Boat Festival Jun. 8 - 10
Jul. 1 Monday Anniversary of the Founding of CCP No days off
Aug. 1 Thursday Army Day Soldiers have half a day off
Aug. 10 Saturday Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine's Day) no days off
Aug. 18 Sunday Hungry Ghost Festival no days off
Sep. 10 Wednesday Teachers' Day no days off
Sep. 17 Wednesday Mid-Autumn Festival Sep. 15 - 17
Oct. 1 Tuesday National Day Oct. 1 - 7
Oct. 11 Friday Double Ninth Festival (Senior Festival) no days off
China Public Holidays Calendar 2024

7 Major Holidays in China

Chinese people celebrate 7 major holidays with a few days off. If the holiday lands on a weekend, the days will be reimbursed after the weekend.

1. New Year's Day 

New Year's Day, which is the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar, is a festival observed in most countries of the world. It is also one of the public holidays in China and people usually have 3 days off.

2. Chinese Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in China. Chinese New Year date falls on the first day of the first lunar month, which varies from year to year. It usually falls between 21 January and 20 February in the Gregorian calendar.

During the festival, Chinese people get 7 days off from work. All family members will get together to celebrate, just like Christmas in the West.

3. Qingming Festival

The Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, is a special Chinese holiday for the remembrance of ancestors. During this festival, people visit the tombs of their ancestors to pay their respects and make ritual offerings. 

4. May Day 

May Day, also known as Labour Day, is an international holiday observed in many countries. In China, people could have 5 days off for this holiday. It is one of the peak tourist periods during the year. 

5. Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday in China that has a history of more than 2,000 years. It falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which corresponds to May or June in the Gregorian calendar.  

Customs and activities during the Dragon Boat festival include dragon boat racing, making and eating Zongzi, traditional Chinese rice dumplings, with family members, and drinking realgar wine. 

6. Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday that has a history dating back over 3,000 years. It is the second most important festival in China which occurs on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar with a full moon at night. 

It is also a festival for family reunions. Chinese people make and share mooncakes and light lanterns to celebrate.

7. National Day

In China, National Day is celebrated on October 1st to commemorate the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Chinese people have 7 days off to celebrate this holiday. It is also a peak tourist period called the "Golden Week". 

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