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OFFICIAL CHINESE EMBASSY HOLIDAY CALENDAR: 

Consulate General of China 2018 & 2019
Consular Section Closure Schedules


A current and comprehensive directory listing of all Official Holidays & Scheduled Closings for the Embassies of China & Chinese Consulates located in the United States.

2018-2019 Holidays Calendar & Closures Schedule: 
Embassy of China & Chinese Consulates 
in the United States

The following is the list of Closure Dates & Holidays to be observed in the U.S. by the Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China during the calendar years of  2018 & 2019:


2018

Jan 1st Mon: New Year's
Feb 5th Tues: Chinese Lunar New Year
May 28th Mon:  Memorial Day
Jun 18th Mon: Dragon Boat Festival
July 4th Wed:  Independence Day
Sept 3rd Mon:  Labor Day
Oct 1st Mon: Chinese National Day
Nov 21st-22nd Wed-Thurs: Thanksgiving
Dec 24th-25th Mon/Tues: Christmas


2019

Jan 1st Wed: New Year's
Feb 5th Tues: Chinese Lunar New Year
May 27th Mon:  Memorial Day
Jun 18th Mon: Dragon Boat Festival
July 4th Thur:  Independence Day
Sept 2nd Mon:  Labor Day
Oct 1st Mon: Chinese National Day
Nov 27th-28th Wed-Thurs: Thanksgiving
Dec 24th-25th Tues/Wed: Christmas


2020

Jan 1st Wed:  New Year's 


 

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Pl NW
Washington, DC 20008

If you are having an Chinese visa application or any other legal documents submitted through the Embassy of China or an Chinese Consulate location, you need to know the dates of closures & holidays. To accurately calculate processing time and know what dates are available for dropping off and picking up your documents or Chinese visa application, UVC has you covered with a comprehensive up to date calendar of closure dates and holidays for the Embassy of China as well as all of the Chinese Consulates located in the United States.


 

The Chinese New Year is celebrated by a quarter of the world's population and is a public holidays in many countries in Asia. public holiday in several countries in East Asia. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 2019 will be the year of the Earth Dog.

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important Chinese holiday. It is defined as the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar. Unlike the New Year observed by those that use the Gregorian Calendar, which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese luni-solar calendar whose dates indicate both the phase of the moon as well as the time of the solar year. In addition, a lunar month is around two days shorter than a solar month. As such, in order to "catch up" with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

The celebration normally starts on the New Year's Eve and lasts for about 15 days through the middle of the first month. Festival rituals include cleaning the house meticulously, putting up new posters of "door gods" on front doors, decorating with traditional New Year's decorations and maybe some fireworks before the family dinner. The dinner is traditionally at least a 10 course meal with a whole fish entree to symbolize the abundance of the coming year.

The New Years festival is a time for getting together with family and friends in celebration and is considered the most important part of the Chinese New Year celebration. People often travel, visit relatives, friends, watch traditional Chinese New Year events, launch fireworks or watch one of the many firework displays, and make plans for the coming year. The celebration is sometimes accentuated with a religious ceremony given in honor of God, heaven, earth, and the family ancestors. Currently in China, the Chinese New Year is an official public holiday and most working professionals normally the entire week off. After the family reunion and observation of certain traditions, some modern Chinese families may make use of the public holiday as an opportunity to visit tourist destinations.

 

International Women's Day is a day each year when the world celebrates, recognizes and remembers women and the myriad of accomplishments they have made to society throughout time. In 1910 the International Women's Congress in Copenhagen proclaimed this date as International Women's Day to be observed annually. In 1977, the United Nations officially declared March 8th as International Women's Day. In China since 2014, women are entitled to a half day holiday for Women's Day.

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