Statutory Holidays for 2023

The 13 statutory holidays for 2023 are:

1.The first day of January1 January 
2.The second day of Lunar New Year23 January 
3.The third day of Lunar New Year24 January 
4.The fourth day of Lunar New Year25 January 
5.Ching Ming Festival5 April 
6.Labour Day1 May 
7.The Birthday of the Buddha26 May 
8.Tuen Ng Festival22 June 
9.Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day1 July 
10.The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival30 September 
11.National Day1 October 
12.Chung Yeung Festival23 October 
13.Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer)22 December or 25 December 

Please note:

(i)According to the Employment Ordinance, when either Lunar New Year’s Day, the second day of the Lunar New Year or the third day of the Lunar New Year falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year is designated as a statutory holiday in substitution; and in the event that the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a Sunday, the day thereafter (i.e. the 17th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar) is designated as a statutory holiday in substitution. As the first day of Lunar New Year of 2023 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year will be designated as a statutory holiday.

(ii)All employees are entitled to the above statutory holidays. If the statutory holiday falls on a rest day, a holiday should be granted on the day following the rest day which is not a statutory holiday or an alternative holiday or a substituted holiday or a rest day. An employee having been employed under a continuous contract for not less than 3 months is entitled to the holiday pay which is equivalent to the daily average wages earned by the employee in the 12-month period preceding the holiday.

Reference example:

An employee is granted rest days on Sundays. As the National Day (1 October) falls on Sunday, the employer should grant a holiday on the next day (i.e. 2 October), but this day should not be a statutory holiday or an alternative holiday or a substituted holiday or a rest day.