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.
Last update: 26 Jan 2022
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