Chinese National Day in Hong Kong in 2024

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2025 Hong Kong Wed, Oct 1 National Holiday
2024 Hong Kong Tue, Oct 1 National Holiday
2023 Oct 1, Oct 2
Hong KongMon, Oct 2National Holiday (in lieu)
Hong KongSun, Oct 1National Holiday
2022 Hong Kong Sat, Oct 1 National Holiday
2021 Hong Kong Fri, Oct 1 National Holiday

The Peoples Republic of China observes its anniversary on Oct 1st

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Chinese National Day in Hong Kong

National Day activities in Hong Kong start with a special flag-raising ceremony by the Hong Kong Police Force beside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Other events include a National Day reception and a firework display, as well as hundreds of district events over the weekend.

When is Chinese National Day?

The People's Republic of China (PRC) observes its anniversary on October 1st. China's National Day (国庆节) has been celebrated in various ways during the history of the PRC.

In China, the holiday is officially three days, but the holidays are usually extended by bridge holidays compensated by working on weekends depending on how the holiday falls in the week. This creates a so-called 'Golden Week' of holidays. This makes it the second-largest holiday period in China. This approach was introduced in 2000 to help boost domestic tourism and to allow families to make long journeys to visit relatives, though unlike most Chinese holidays, National Day doesn't come with any obligations to visit your family.

In 2019, about 782 million people travelled during the National Day holiday, with 30.5% doing so by car, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

History of Chinese National Day

On October 1st 1949 Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China from atop Beijing's Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'anmen Gate).

This marked the end of a bitter civil war between the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party under the leadership of Mao.

In December 1949, the Chinese Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China, declaring that October 1st is the National Day of China.

From 1950 - 1959, grand rallies and massive military parades were held to mark the National Day.

In 1960, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council decided to simplify the celebration, according to the principle of building up the country through hard work and frugality.

From 1960 until 1970, mass rallies were still held in Tian'anmen Square, though military parades were cancelled.

From 1971 to 1983, visiting parks and other galas replaced mass rallies and military parades.

Grand celebrations have been rarely held since then, except for the mass rallies and military parades in 1984 and 1999 to commemorate the 35th anniversary and 50th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

Most people believe that countries' national days are of crucial cultural importance, acting as symbols of independent states and reflecting a country's government system.

Did you know?

Three facts about Chinese National Day

One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China is the world's most populous country, with over 1.38 billion people, and the second-largest country by land area.

The 1556 Shaanxi earthquake in China was the deadliest earthquake on record with 830,000 deaths.

​The Great Wall of China is 13,170 miles long. It was built by one million laborers 2,200 years ago. 400,000 of those workers died while making it and their bodies were buried inside the wall. ​It's so long that it covers three countries - China, North Korea and Mongolia.

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