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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day 2025 and 2026

International Women’s Day in China is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.

YearDateDayHoliday
20258 MarSatInternational Women's Day *
20268 MarSunInternational Women's Day *
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Note: International Women’s Day is observed for half day by women only.

Although China celebrates International Women’s Day on 8 March, they celebrate it in a way very unique from other countries. The day is more like a combination of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day than anything else.

Most Chinese men buy gifts and cards for their wife, their mother, and even for their daughters. Working women get a half-day off work. Women also often attend special dinners or events, and media coverage of the day is often extensive.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20248 MarFriInternational Women's Day *
20238 MarWedInternational Women's Day *