When you plan your business trip to China in September, you should remember that a major Chinese Holiday is coming, the Mid Autumn Festival also known as the Mooncake Festival.
The Moon Cake Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it’s the second grandest and best-know festival after the Spring Festival in Greater China. During the festival all Chinese celebrate the middle of the autumn season. The day is know as Moon Festival due to the fact, that during these days of the year the moon is the brightest and roundest.
Usually in China, during the official holiday period, all official and governmental sectors are closed. There are some exceptions in the private sector, but most factories also stop work. When your company does business with China, it’s important to remember that, in China, holidays and festivals are different than those in the USA or Europe, and there might be fewer, but the business breaks are much longer!
The Chinese New Year (the lunar new year) starts on February 19.2015, but it is worth to prepare in advance. It is the most important holiday in China, this has consequences for the rest of the business world. So if you do business with China, have it in mind.