Dragon Boat Festival Approaches

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May 22 – The Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday where teams of athletes compete against each other to row a specially designed boat down a river, will be celebrated on June 8.

In an attempt to bolster traditional Chinese culture, the central government late last year made the day a national holiday, and most businesses and government offices will be closed on June 9, making a three-day weekend.

China’s revised national holiday plan, shortened the May 1 golden week holiday and allocated days for the traditional Chinese holidays Tomb-Sweeping Day, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Businesses in China are reminded that they are required to pay triple salary to staff who must work on the national holiday.