Hong Kong Public Holidays 2003 (Source: HKTDC, Toronto)

    If you are planning for business travel to Hong Kong in 2003, you should  
be aware of the Hong Kong Public Holidays. (Besides having your  
business card translated to Chinese) Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, 
but it is allowed to keep its traditional public holidays in the British days. In 
addition, a bunch of Chinese National Holidays were introduced. Hong  
Kong thus gets a double dose of Public Holidays. 
    Jan 01 -- New Year's Day.
    Jan 31 -- Special make-up-day holiday for Chinese New Year *
    Feb 01 -- First Day of Chinese New Year. 
    Feb 02 -- Second day of Chinese New Year. 
    Feb 03 -- Third day of Chinese New Year. 
    Apr 05 -- Clear and Bright or Ching Ming Festival. 
    Apr 18 -- Good Friday. 
    Apr 19 -- Day after Good Friday. 
    Apr 21 -- Monday after Easter. 
    May 01 -- International Labor Day. 
    May 08 -- Buddha's Birthday. 
    Jun 04 -- Dragon Boat Festival. 
    Jul  01 -- Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day. 
    Sep 12 -- Day after Mid-Autumn Festival. ** 
    Oct 01 -- National Day. 
    Oct 04 -- Double Nine or Chung Yeung Festival. 
    Dec 25 -- Christmas. 
    Dec 26 -- First week-day after Christmas. 

    Officially, Saturday is not a day off. Many companies, however, 
give their employees the whole day or half a day off.
*   In 2003, the second day of the Chinese New Year (Feb. 02) falls on a
     Sunday. As a result, Jan. 31 is designated as a make-up-day holiday.
** In 2003, Mid Autumn Festival falls on the 11th of September, which is a  
     Thursday. The Official Public Holiday, however, is on Friday September 
     12th. This arrangement gives an unbroken 3-day weekend. 

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