On December 6th 2018, China’s General Office of the State Council released the official public holiday schedule for 2019.
The schedule features the two major public holidays – Spring Festival and the National Day Holiday – both of which are one week long.
Spring Festival: 4th – 10th February
National Day Holiday: 1st – 7th October
Human Resource managers need to keep in mind that it’s common to work on the Saturday and Sunday prior to these breaks, as a means of compensating for the long breaks. For example, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2019 are marked as official working days in the government calendar.
As well as this, private companies have the right to create their own holiday schedules, for example to allow additional days off, or to request workers to treat the Saturday and Sunday as working days prior to the holidays. The only rule is that the officially mandated holiday dates must be observed.
China’s official public holiday schedule for 2019
New Year’s Day Holiday:
- December 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (3 days in total; Sunday to Tuesday)
- Adjusted Working Day: December 29, 2018 (Saturday)
Chinese New Year Holiday:
- February 4 – 10, 2019 (7 days in total; Monday to Sunday)
- Adjusted Working Days: February 2 and 3, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)
Tomb Sweeping Day Holiday
- April 5 - 7, 2019 (3 days in total; Friday to Sunday)
Labor Day Holiday
- May 1, 2019 (Wednesday)
Dragon Boat Festival
- June 7 - 9, 2019 (3 days in total; Friday to Sunday)