China's national public holidays in 2011

Update:21 Dec 2010
Here is the list of China public holidays. Do note that some of these public holidays falls on Saturday or Sunday, which is a norm in the seven working days China.
Most of the People's Republic of China (PRC) public holidays are traditional holidays, with some holidays dating back to pre-Civil war era festivals. The only international holidays observed here are New Year's Day on 1 January 2011 and May Day/Labour Day on 1 May 2011.

After a major China holiday reform in 2008, abolishing the Labour Day Golden Week and adding three traditional Chinese holidays (Qingming Festival, Duanwu Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival), there are currently seven official public holidays in the mainland territory of the China.
The China Government usually announce official holiday dates nearer to closing of the preceding year (in this case year 2010). This calendar here is an estimate only. We do not and can not guarantee the accuracy of this holiday calendar.
List of People's Republic of China Public Holidays 2011
1. International New Year's Day

Marks the beginning of a new calendar year
Saturday, 1 January 2011
2. Spring Festival, Chinese/Lunar New Year

Most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, the festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month (zheng yue) in the Chinese lunar calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.

1st day of 1st lunar month
(read about Chinese New Year 2011)
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Friday, 4 February 2011
Saturday, 5 February 2011
3. Qing Ming / Tomb Sweeping Day / Clear Bright Festival

Qingming Jie Is a festival for Chinese people to remember and honour their ancestors at grave sites.

5th Solar Term / April 4 or April 5
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
4. China Labour Day / May Day / International Workers' Day

China celebrates International Labour Day on 1st of May. In the past, China Labour Day (also called as China May Day) used to be a week long affair. In 2008, after a major China holiday reform, Labour Day is shortened and some Chinese traditional festivals are introduced as public holidays.

Sunday, 1 May 2011
Monday, 2 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
5. Duanwu Festival / Dragon Boat Festival / Dumpling Festival

A traditional and statutory holiday associated with China and other Chinese-speaking societies, with focus of the celebrations includes eating zongzi, which are large rice wraps/dumplings, drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats.

5th day of 5th Chinese lunar month, thus alternative name of Double Fifth Festival

Monday, 6 June 2011
6. Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival / Lantern Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie), is a popular harvest festival celebrated by people in the Chinese influenced world. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, drink chinese tea, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. In Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.

15th day of 8th lunar month in Chinese lunar calendar
Monday, 12 September 2011
7. National Day of the People's Republic of China

The National Day is celebration of the founding day of People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949 with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square.

Saturday, 1 October 2011
Sunday, 2 October 2011
Monday, 3 October 2011
Happy holidays to China people and all Chinese around the world !
SOURCE: SG Holidays
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