, BEIJING, Dec 10 – The State Council, China’s Cabinet, has issued major holiday dates for 2013.
The New Year’s Day holiday will last three days, from January 1 to 3, and people will need to work on January 5 (Saturday) and 6 (Sunday).
The Spring Festival holiday will last seven days, from February 9 to 15, with February 16 (Saturday) and 17 (Sunday) as working days. The Spring Festival Eve falls on February 9.
The holiday for Tomb-Sweeping Day will be from April 4 to 6, with April 7 (Sunday) as a working day.
The holiday for Labor Day will be from April 29 to May 1, with the pervious Saturday and Sunday as working days.
The Dragon Boat Festival, which is held across China to pay homage to ancient patriotic poet Qu Yuan, will be from June 10 to 12. The previous Saturday and Sunday will be working days.
The Mid-Autumn Festival will be from September 19 to September 21. The following Sunday will be a working day.
The National Day lasts for seven days, from October 1 to October 7. The previous Sunday and the following Saturday will be working days.
The State Council has urged all departments to make preparations for people’s safety during holiday periods, and major accidents should be reported promptly and properly dealt with in accordance with relevant rules.