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 working. 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!
Chinese Holidays and Festivals 2015
During each holiday, all of China travels. It’s difficult to get any train or airplane tickets, and prices double or triple during this time. We prepared a whole calendar of Chinese Festivals and Holidays for 2015.
Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 19-26.02.2015
The Spring Festival, better know as the Chinese New Year, is the most important holiday in China. According to national tradition, everyone is supposed to visit their relatives. Most factories have at least a one-week break during the 2015 Chinese New Year; even restaurants are closed. It is highly inadvisable to do business in China in this particular period.
Lantern Festival: 05.03.2015
This festival symbolizes the End of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). The Chinese celebrate by carrying red paper lanterns, visiting temples, and spending time with their families. It is a normal working day.
Qingming Festival 05-07.04.2015
Also called Tomb Sweeping Day, this holiday is devoted to dead ancestors. It’s observed widely in every part of China. It is an opportunity to honor one’s ancestors at gravesites.
The Qingming Festival is an official holiday. In 2015, it falls on Sunday, the 5th of April.
China Labor Day 2015 – 01-03.05
The first day of May is a public holiday in China. It is the International Workers’ Day. Nowadays, the holiday lasts for only 3 days, and the following day, the 4th of May, is a normal working day.
Dragon Boat Festival 31.05-02.06
This is a Chinese sporting event deeply rooted in China’s ancient history. To commemorate the deceased Chinese poet Qu Yuan, dragon boat races are organized all over China. The Dragon Boat Festival starts on the 20th of June and ends on the 22nd of June. All three days are holidays in China.
Mid Autumn Festival (Mooncake Festival 2015) 27.09.2015
During this festival, the Chinese celebrate the end of the harvest. It’s traditionally held during a full moon, and every year it is a different day. It’s common to give mooncakes to friends and family members. The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 27th of September in 2015. Three days are non-working days: September 25 to 27.
China National Holiday 01-07.10
The Chinese National Holiday celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. During this holiday, all people enjoy seven consecutive days off. This is the longest holiday in the Chinese Year of the Goat.
Singles’ Day 11.11.2015
We have already mentioned a couple of traditional holidays and festivals that are well-rooted in Chinese history and tradition. The Single Day in China is something new. Many online and traditional stores offer huge discounts or have special sales. It has recently been considered China’s “Black Friday.” So if you are around on the 11th of November in China, remember to take advantage and get the best deals.