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Statutory holidays are also commonly known as labour holiday.  In accordance with the Employment Ordinance, all employees, irrespective of the length of service or whether the employee is employed under a continuous contract, are entitled to 12 days of statutory holidays each year.

The Employment Ordinance sets out 13 days of statutory holidays for each year as follows: 

  • The first day of January    
  • Lunar New Year’s Day    
  • The second day of Lunar New Year    
  • The third day of Lunar New Year    
  • Ching Ming Festival    
  • Labour Day    
  • The Birthday of the Buddha    
  • Tuen Ng Festival    
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day    
  • The second day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival    
  • National Day    
  • Chung Yeung Festival    
  • Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer)

Whether an employee should be paid with holiday pay on a statutory holiday, please refer to “ Are all employees entitled to statutory holidays? Are employers required to have employees to take leave on the day of statutory holiday?

The is not a legal document. The Ordinance remains the sole authority for the provisions of the law explained.

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Last update: 26 Jan 2022
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