List of 2012 public holidays in China

Majority of China public holidays are traditional holidays, some dating back to pre-Civil war era. The only international holidays observed here are New Year 1 January 2012 and May Day 1 May 2012.

Here is the list of public holidays observed in China. You may note that some of the China public holidays 2012 falls on Saturday or Sunday. This is norm in the seven working days China.

The China Government will usually announce official China holiday dates nearer to closing of the preceding year (in this case by end of year 2011), so for time being, you may use this holiday calendar to make some planning. Please note, this is only an estimate, not an official China holiday calendar. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this China public holidays calendar 2012 nor any other information on this site.

China Public Holidays 2012

International New Year’s Day 2012
Marks the beginning of a new calendar year
Sunday, 1 January 2012

Spring Festival, Chinese/Lunar New Year 2012
Most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, the festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month (zheng yue) in the Chinese lunar calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.
1st day of 1st lunar month
Monday, 23 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Qing Ming / Tomb Sweeping Day / Clear Bright Festival 2012
Qingming Jie Is a festival for Chinese people to remember and honour their ancestors at grave sites. Qingming 2012 will fall on Wednesday, 4 April 2012.
5th Solar Term / April 4 or April 5
Wednesday, 4 April 2012

China Labour Day / May Day / International Workers’ Day 2012
China celebrates International Labour Day on 1st of May. In the past, China Labour Day (also called as China May Day) used to be a week long affair. In 2008, after a major China holiday reform, Labour Day is shortened and some Chinese traditional festivals are introduced as public holidays.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Thursday, 3 May 2012

Duanwu Festival / Dragon Boat Festival / Dumpling Festival 2012
Duanwu 2012 is a traditional and statutory holiday associated with China and other Chinese-speaking societies, with focus of the celebrations includes eating zongzi, which are large rice wraps/dumplings, drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats.
5th day of 5th Chinese lunar month, thus alternative name of Double Fifth Festival
Saturday, 23 June 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival / Lantern Festival 2012
Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie) 2012, is a popular harvest festival celebrated by people in the Chinese influenced world. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, drink chinese tea, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. In Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.
15th day of 8th lunar month in Chinese lunar calendar
Sunday, 30 September 2012

National Day of the People’s Republic of China 2012
The National Day is celebration of the founding day of People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square.
Monday, 1 October 2012
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Among all the 2012 Chinese public holidays, there are two ‘Golden Weeks’ – Spring Festival Week in February 2012 and National Day Week in October 2012. Both of the two holidays last for three days but in practice workers generally get seven consecutive days off by combining two weekends with them. During these two Golden weeks, most Chinese would go out and travel around the country, resulting with a huge boost to China tourism industry. Hotel rooms, train tickets or air tickets in China will be in great demand during these weeks and it is not recommended to visit during these Golden Weeks.

Happy China holidays 2012 to China people and all Chinese around the world !