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Public Holidays

Offices and museums are generally closed on public holidays. Shops tend to remain open.

Public Holidays
Date   Festival   Details
January 1 and 2   Western New Year's Day   Though not celebrated in China, it is a state holiday.
The first day of the year in the lunar calendar. This is usually in late January or early February *   Lunar New Year (Spring Festival)   China's most important holiday. Families gather together to eat, exchange gifts and welcome in the new year.
March 8   International Women's Day   A state holiday.
April 4-5   Qing Ming (Tomb-sweeping Festival)   The traditional day to visit and clean ancestors graves.
May 1 and 2   Labor Day   Holiday honoring workers.
May 4   International Youth Day   Memorializes the May 4 Movement of 1919.
5th day of the 5th lunar month *   Dragon Boat Festival   Festival memorializing the poet and patriot Qu Yuan who drowned himself in political protest.
June 1   Children's Day   Honors children.
July 1   Anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party   A state holiday.
August 1   Anniversary of the founding of the PLA   Honors the armed forces.

15th day of the 8th lunar month *

  Mid-Autumn Festival   A lunar holiday celebrated during the harvest period. Families gather to eat moon cakes and light candles.
October 1-3   National Day   Commemorates the Communist victory in 1949.

* Lunar holidays. Dates of these holidays change yearly dependent on the lunar calendar.