Public Holidays in China
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Public Holidays in Beijing, China
and museums are generally closed on public holidays.
However, parks, shops and restaurants tend to remain
open. The following lists the state holidays in China.
January 1 :
As with Christmas, becoming increasingly an occasion for celebration. The day after, Christmas trees and snowmen are replaced by red lanterns ready for the coming Chinese New Year.
End of January / start
of February (dependent on the lunar calendar) :
(Lunar New Year) China's most important holiday. Families gather together from far and wide to eat, exchange gifts and welcome in the new year. 5 days.
March 8 :
April 4-5 :
The traditional day to visit and clean ancestors graves.
May 1 :
Holiday honoring the workers.
May 4 :
Commemorates the May 4 Movement of 1919.
Late May / June (date dependent on the
lunar calendar) :
Festival memorializing the poet and patriot Qu Yuan who drowned himself in political protest.
June 1 :
July 1 :
August 1 :
Honors the armed forces.
September (dependent on
the lunar calendar) :
A lunar holiday celebrated during the harvest period. Families gather to eat moon cakes and light candles.
October 1 :
Commemorates the Communist victory in 1949. 5 days from October 1st.