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Official Chinese Holidays 2011

Below is the official public holiday Schedule in 2011 announced by the State Council in China Mainland:

Most Chinese holidays are based on the lunar calendar (Like Easter in the West). Exceptions are usually fixed days such as May Day and National Day, which occur on the 1st of the month.

1. Both National Day (Golden Week) and Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) have associated one-week holidays, which you should consider to be 10-days long.
2. May holiday also used to be a one-week break, but this was reduced in 2008 to allow for holidays on other special days such as Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping Day), and The Dragon Boat Festival.
3. May holiday has returned to being a week long break in Guangdong Province, mainly due to the 40 million migrant workers who use this to travel home to see family - often located several days journey away.
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Lantern Festival 17th February 2011
Chinese traditionally spend the day watching lanterns and answering lantern riddles. This falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month.
Buddha's Birthday 10th May 2011
This is not a Mainland holiday or celebration, but is a public holiday in Hong Kong.
Qi Xi 6th August 2011
Also called 7th Eve or Chinese Valentine's Day. It falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month.
Chongyang Festival 5th October 2011
A celebration of the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, which is also called Double Ninth Day.
Dongzhi Festival 22nd December 2011
This is a celebration of 'midwinter's day' and follows the solar calendar Westerners know it as the Winter Solstice.
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