Public Holidays in Hong Kong for 2019
The Hong Kong public holidays are a mixture of the usual Chinese festivals, Western holidays, and local festivities.
The most extended holiday in Hong Kong is the Chinese New Year, while workers can enjoy at least three straight days off during early February. It is combined with the usual weekends off, and a lot of workers also receive four consecutive days off at Easter Weekend. The months that do not have public holidays are August, November, and December.
During official holidays, Hong Kong private companies can determine their schedules and give extra holidays.
There are about 17 public holidays in Hong Kong every year. That is why when you are going to Hong Kong or plan to set up a business, you must know when the holidays are. These holidays are legal, which is why schools, banks, libraries, and government offices will be closed.
Businesses Operating in Hong Kong During Holidays
Based on the Hong Kong laws, if a public holiday happens to be a Sunday, the following weekday will be the public holiday. In case any day of the Chinese New Year is a Sunday, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year will be designated as the statutory and substitution for the general holiday.
If the employee works under a contract for three months non-stop, the employee is entitled to holiday pay. It is the daily wage they earn during the 12 months before the holiday.
Employers may give a day off to their employees on the Chinese Winter Solstice rather than Christmas day, which is allowed.
Dates of the Hong Kong Public Holiday 2019
|1 January||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||National|
|5 – 7 February||Tuesday||Chinese New Year||Observance|
|21 March||Tuesday||March Equinox||Season|
|5 April||Friday||Tomb Sweeping Day||National|
|19 April||Friday||Good Friday||National|
|1 May||Wednesday||Labor Day||Bank Holiday|
|9 May||Thursday||Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day||National|
|13 May||Monday||The Day After Buddha’s Birthday||National|
|7 June||Friday||Dragon Boat Festival||National|
|21 June||Friday||June Solstice||Season|
|1 July||Monday||Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day||Season|
|13 September||Friday||Mid-Autumn Festival||Observance|
|14 September||Saturday||The Day After the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival||National|
|23 September||Monday||September Equinox||Season|
|1 October||Tuesday||National Day||National|
|7 October||Monday||Chung Yeung Festival||National|
|22 December||Sunday||December Solstice||Season|
|25 December||Sunday||Christmas Day||Season|
|26 December||Thursday||Boxing Day||National|
|31 December||Tuesday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
Employee Benefits During Holidays
Employees are entitled to holiday pay for the statutory holiday, and it is calculated based on their average daily wage that earned over the 12 months before the holiday.
A female employee is entitled to 10-week maternity leave with pay, and the male employees can have five days paid paternity leave if they meet the criteria.
There is also a continuous employee accrue, which is a “sickness allowance” for up to 120 days.
Doing Business in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is autonomous from China, and it is quick for foreign companies to discover that they have their own rules when it comes to doing business here. Hong Kong has a very healthy economy, and it is an excellent place for doing business. Here are some business ideas for you:
In Hong Kong, there are a lot of students who would pay for video-recorded classes by tutorial schools. Education does not necessarily have to be done in person anymore. You can teach any subject online now.
Fitness Boot Camp
Everyone wants to live healthily, and the fitness industry is a booming industry in Hong Kong. Even if it seems dull to get a gym membership, many people will pay money for their wellbeing. Therefore, you must think of opening a business like this.
You now know why setting up a business in Hong Kong is an excellent idea.