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Traditionally the Chinese used the lunar calendar and many Chinese holidays are based on lunar dates; therefore, the dates jump around on the Gregorian calendar. Nowadays, folks use the Gregorian calendar in everyday life.

Below is the official public holiday Schedule 2014/2015/2016 announced by the State Council in China Mainland

Holidays Day Days off in 2014 Days off in 2015 Days off in 2016
New Year's Day January, 1st of every year Jan. 1, 2014 Jan. 1 - 3, 2015 Jan. 1 - 3, 2016
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) New Year's Day of the lunar calendar, normally in late January or early February It falls on Jan. 31, 2014 The holiday is on Jan. 31 – Feb. 6 It falls on Feb. 19, 2015. The holiday is on Feb. 19 - 25. It falls on Feb. 8, 2016. The holiday is on Feb. 8 - 14.
Women's Day March 8 of every year Half day of Mar. 8 half day of Mar. 8 half day of Mar. 8
Arbor Day March 12 of every year No holiday No holiday No holiday
Qingming Festival April 4, April 5 or April 6 It falls on Apr. 5, 2014, The holiday is on Apr. 5–7 It falls on Apr. 5, 2015. The holiday is on Apr. 4-6. It falls on Apr. 4, 2016. The holiday is on Apr. 2-4.
May Day May 1 May 1-3, 2014 May 1 - 3, 2015 Apr. 30 - May 2, 2016
Youth Day May 4th Half day of May 4th for 14 years old above Half day of May 4th for 14 years old above Half day of May 4th for 14 years old above
International Nurse Day May 12 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Children's Day June 1 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Dragon Boat Festival 5th day of the 5th lunar month It falls on Jun. 2, 2014 The holiday is on May 31 – Jun. 2, 2014. It falls on Jun. 20, 2015. The holiday is on Jun. 20- June 22, 2015. It falls on Jun. 9, 2016. The holiday is on Jun. 9 - 11.
Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party July 1 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army August 1 half day of August 1st for active army half day of August 1st for active army half day of August 1st for active army
Teacher's Day September 10 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Mid-autumn Festival 15th day of the 8th lunar month It falls on Sep. 8, 2014 The holiday is on Sep. 6-8, 2014. It falls on Sep. 27, 2015. The holiday is on Sep. 26 – 28, 2015. It falls on Sep. 15, 2016. The holiday is on Sep. 15 - 17.
National Day October 1 Oct. 1 - Oct. 7, 2014 Oct. 1 - Oct. 7, 2015 Oct. 1 - Oct. 7, 2016
Journalists' Day November 8 No holiday No holiday No holiday
HK General Holidays for 2014/2015/2016
HK Holidays Date in 2014 Date in 2015 Date in 2016
Every Sunday   Sunday   Sunday   Sunday
The first day of January January 1 Wednesday January 1 Thursday January 1 Friday
Lunar New Year’s Day January 31 Friday February 19 Thursday February 8 Monday
The second day of Lunar New Year February 1 Saturday February 20 Friday February 9 Tuesday
The fourth day of Lunar New Year February 3 Monday February 22 Sunday February 11 Thursday
Good Friday April 18 Friday April 3 Friday March 25 Friday
The day following Good Friday April 19 Saturday April 4 Saturday March 26 Saturday
Easter Monday April 21 Monday April 6 Monday March 28 Monday
Ching Ming Festival April 5 Saturday April 5 Sunday April 4 Monday
Labour Day May 1 Thursday May 1 Friday May 1 Sunday
The Birthday of the Buddha May 6 Tuesday May 25 Monday May 14 Saturday
The Ng Festival June 2 Monday June 20 Saturday June 9 Thursday
HK Special Administrative Region Establishment Day July 1 Tuesday July 1 Wednesday July 1 Friday
The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival September 9 Tuesday September 28 Monday September 15 Thursday
National Day October 1 Wednesday October 1 Thursday October 1 Saturday
The day following Chung Yeung Festival October 2 Thursday October 21 Wednesday October 10 Monday
Christmas Day December 25 Thursday December 25 Friday December 25 Sunday
The first weekday after Christmas Day December 26 Friday December 28 Monday December 26 Monday

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