Statutory Holidays for 2022

The 13 statutory holidays for 2022 are:

1.The first day of January1 January
2.Lunar New Year’s Day1 February
3.The second day of Lunar New Year2 February
4.The third day of Lunar New Year3 February
5.Ching Ming Festival5 April
6.Labour Day1 May
7.The Birthday of the Buddha*8 May
8.Tuen Ng Festival3 June
9.Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day1 July
10.The second day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival12 September
11.National Day1 October
12.Chung Yeung Festival4 October
13.Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer)22 /25 December 

* The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 has come into operation on 1 January 2022. The first newly added statutory holiday is the Birthday of the Buddha.

Please note:

(i)According to the Employment Ordinance, 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 day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival of 2022 falls on a Sunday, 12 September (Monday) 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 and his/her employer chooses Christmas Day (25 December) as statutory holiday. As Christmas Day falls on Sunday, the employer should grant a holiday on the next day (i.e. 26 December), but this day should not be a statutory holiday or an alternative holiday or a substituted holiday or a rest day.

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