(Note: The Chinese Lunar New Year / Spring Festival holiday was extended in February 2020 as per notifications from the State Council, and part of the public health and safety strategy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
China released its official holiday schedule for 2020 through its “Circular of the General Office of the State Council about the Public Holiday Arrangement for 2020” on November 21, 2019.
As is traditional, the holiday schedule features two major week-long holidays: Spring Festival (also known as Chinese New Year) and Mid-Autumn Festival (which includes the National Day).
In 2020, the Spring Festival falls between January 24 and 30, and the National Day holiday between October 1 and 8.
Foreign human resource managers should note that Saturdays and Sundays are often marked as additional official work days in China to compensate for long holiday breaks.
For example, in 2020, Sunday, January 19 and Saturday, February 1 are designated as official work days to partially offset the seven days off for the Spring Festival.
Private companies in China, however, have the right to determine their own schedules – that is allow for additional days off – so long as the official holiday calendar is maintained.
China’s official public holiday schedule for 2020
- January 1, 2020 (1 day in total; Wednesday)
- January 24 – 30, 2020 (7 days in total; Friday to Thursday)
- Adjusted working days: January 19 (Sunday) and February 1, 2020 (Saturday)
Tomb Sweeping Festival
- April 4 – 6, 2020 (3 days in total; Saturday to Monday)
- May 1 – 5, 2020 (Friday to Tuesday)
- Adjusted working days: April 26 (Sunday) and May 9, 2019 (Saturday)
Dragon Boat Festival
- June 25 – 27, 2020 (3 days in total; Thursday to Saturday)
- Adjusted working day: June 28, 2020 (Sunday)
National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival
- October 1 – 8, 2020 (8 days in total; Thursday to Thursday)
- Adjusted working days: September 27 (Sunday) and October 10, 2020 (Saturday)
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