Public Holidays in Taiwan
Taiwan, the vibrant island nation in East Asia, boasts a diverse calendar of public holidays that blend ancient traditions with the dynamism of modern life. From Lunar New Year and Dragon Boat Festival to unique holidays like Tomb Sweeping Day, these celebrations offer a fascinating glimpse into Taiwan's cultural tapestry.
Lunar New Year (春節, Chūn Jié)
Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is Taiwan's most significant holiday. Families reunite, exchange red envelopes (hongbao), and enjoy sumptuous feasts. Traditional lion and dragon dances fill the streets with color and excitement, while temples are abuzz with worshippers seeking blessings.
Dragon Boat Festival (端午節, Duān Wǔ Jié)
The Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, honors Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet. The highlight is dragon boat races, where teams paddle to the beat of drums. Zongzi, sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, are a festive treat.
Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節, Zhōng Qiū Jié)
Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for moon appreciation and family gatherings. Mooncakes, with their sweet fillings and intricate designs, are exchanged. Lantern processions and the story of the moon goddess Chang'e add enchantment to the festivities.
Tomb Sweeping Day (清明節, Qīng Míng Jié)
Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming Festival, is a time to honor ancestors. Families visit graves, clean tombstones, and make offerings. It's also an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, fly kites, and savor qingtuan, a green rice ball delicacy.
Dragon Boat Festival - A Second Celebration (夏至節, Xià Zhì Jié)
Taiwan uniquely observes a second Dragon Boat Festival, known as Xiazhijie, on the summer solstice. It's marked by eating noodles and rice dumplings, reflecting a blend of cultures.
Ghost Month (中元節, Zhōng Yuán Jié)
The Ghost Month, celebrated in the seventh month of the lunar calendar, is a time when the gates of the underworld open. It's a period to honor ancestors and appease restless spirits. Festivals feature operas, processions, and the release of water lanterns.
National Day (國慶日, Guóqìng Rì)
National Day on October 10th commemorates the founding of the Republic of China. Celebrations include a flag-raising ceremony in front of the Presidential Office Building, military parades, and fireworks.
A Harmonious Blend
Taiwan's public holidays beautifully blend its ancient heritage and modern vibrancy. These celebrations reflect the island's multicultural influences, with traditions handed down through generations. Visitors to Taiwan are treated to a rich mosaic of sights, sounds, and flavors during these festive occasions, making it a remarkable destination for cultural exploration and discovery.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Republic Day (New Year's Day)||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Lunar New Year Holiday||February 08||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Lunar New Year's Eve||February 09||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Lunar New Year||February 10||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Lunar New Year Holiday||February 11||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Lunar New Year Holiday||February 12||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Lunar New Year Holiday||February 13||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Lunar New Year Holiday||February 14||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Peace Memorial Day||February 28||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Children's Day||April 04||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Tomb Sweeping Day||April 05||Friday||Public Holiday|