What's on in Hong Kong? Guide to Hong Kong Public Holidays | Hong Kong Pass

Find out what's on in Hong Kong during your visit with our comprehensive calendar of Hong Kong public holidays, from Chinese New Year to National Day and more.

As an international city, Hong Kong’s event calendar is packed with both Western and Chinese holidays - meaning that more often than not, there’s a cultural festival or parade in store every month. If you’re travelling to the city, it’s worth looking at the Hong Kong public holiday schedule to not only take part in the city’s local traditions but also plan your itinerary around them. Many places of businesses tend to be closed on public holidays, especially around Chinese New Year, so take a look at our month by month breakdown for 2019 below.

Hong Kong Public Holiday

January 2019

New Year's Day
As is the case most places around the world, January 1 is a public holiday and will fall on the Monday in 2019.

February 2019

Chinese New Year 2019
As the start to the Lunar New Year, this is one of the biggest events in Hong Kong’s events calendar. In 2019, it will begin on February 5 and runs until the February 19 - lasting two weeks. The upcoming year will be the Year of the Pig.

Visitors should be reminded that most places of business will be closed on the first day of Chinese New Year, with February 16, 17 and 19 being declared an HK public holiday.

See our full guide to Chinese New Year in Hong Kong here.

March 2019

Good Friday
Both Good Friday and the day following Good Friday are officially public holidays. This upcoming year, Good Friday falls on March 30.

For those of the Christian faith looking to celebrate the holiday, Hong Kong has a diverse religious community with many churches located on Hong Kong Island. The most conveniently located and widely popular is St John’s in Central.

April 2019

Easter Monday
Easter Monday will take place on the first Monday of April, namely April 2.

Ching Ming Festival
As with the first day of Chinese New Year, many places will close their doors for this traditional holiday. It generally takes place during the third lunar month of the year and this year will take place on April 5.

This festival is an opportunity for locals to reconnect with their past, as families visit ancestral graves and do an annual grave sweep to honour them. Many Hong Kong residents will visit cemeteries to light incense, leave flowers and food offerings as well as to burn fake money in the hopes that it will be of use to those in the afterlife.

May 2019

Labour Day
Labour Day is officially an HK holiday, taking place on May 1.

The Birthday of the Buddha
Hong Kong has a big Buddhist community and as such, Buddha’s Birthday is a public holiday. In 2019, it will fall on May 22. The city is home to many Buddhist temples and sites including the Big Buddha (a famous tourist attraction) and the neighbouring Po Lin Monastery.

June 2019

Tuen Ng Festival
Known commonly in English simply as the Dragon Boat Festival, this HK holiday traditionally takes place on the fifth day of the fifth Lunar month. Residents flock to Victoria Harbour, Stanley and Tai O to watch teams take to vibrant Dragon Boats and race one another to the finish line.

The festival is rooted in a legend surrounding a figure called Qu Yuan, who jumped into a river to drown himself and villagers took to their Dragon Boats in an attempt to rescue him.

July 2019

The Day Following Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
This Hong Kong public holiday takes place on July 2 to celebrate the anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule on 1 July 1997.

September 2019

The Day Following The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the city’s most popular traditional holidays and everyone gets a day off on the day after. This HK public holiday falls on September 25.

October 2019

National Day
National Day is on October 1 and it celebrates the founding of the PRC, the People’s Republic of China. Ever since Hong Kong was handed back to mainland China by the British, the city has celebrated the holiday with a flag-raising ceremony, parades and a massive fireworks display over Victoria Harbour.

Chung Yeung Festival
This autumn public holiday is held on October 17, the ninth day of the ninth lunar month in 2019. Chung Yeung is similar to Ching Ming, held earlier in the year, as families gather at cemeteries to pay respect to their ancestors. It’s also said that if you hike to the highest points in Hong Kong and eat a picnic up at the top, you’ll be blessed with good fortune.

December 2019

Christmas Day
Asia isn’t impervious to the charms of Christmas and December 25 is a public holiday in Hong Kong, giving locals a chance to spend time with their families and exchange gifts. After Chinese New Year, this is one of the most exciting times to be in town as neon Christmas lights go up across the skyline, installations are set up and the city’s amusement parks get into the festival spirit.

The First Weekday After Christmas Day
The day after Christmas, December 26, is also a public holiday.