China announces 3 September as a public holiday for Victory Day

Statement by the State Council on a new public holiday

China, 13 May 2015

In a statement today on the Chinese government's website, the State Council has announced that there will be a national holiday on 3 September for this year’s celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II.

The notice goes on to say "The move aims to allow people around the country to participate in activities to commemorate China’s victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the victory in the World Anti-Fascist War".

Beijing had earlier announced plans for a large military parade on the day, and in 2014, this holiday was given national holiday status. It is currently unclear whether this will be a one-off holiday to mark the 70th anniversary or if it will be repeated annually.

The full title of the holiday is 'The 70th anniversary of Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War and the World Anti-Fascist War Victory Commemoration Day', which is how the second world war is referred to in China.

Japan signed the formal surrender on 2 September 1945 and China commemorates Victory day on the day after.

Upcoming public holidays in China

Date Name
20 June 2015 Dragon Boat Festival
21 June 2015 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday
22 June 2015 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday
03 September 2015 Victory Day
04 September 2015 Victory Day Holiday
27 September 2015 Mid Autumn Festival
01 October 2015 National Day
02 October 2015 National Day Holiday
03 October 2015 National Day Holiday
04 October 2015 National Day Holiday


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