Category: Festivals of Taiwan

The Festivals of Taiwan

Festivals and other cultural celebrations in Taiwan are rooted deep within its culture. Despite strong influence from Chinese history however, many of the major festivals in Taiwan have evolved into observances that are distinctly Taiwanese. Some of the major festivals include:

Lunar New Year Festival Lantern Festival Ghost Festival
Tomb Sweeping Day Dragon Boat Festival Double Ninth Festival
Moon Festival Double Tenth Holiday

Information on other festivals in Taiwan can be found below.

The Double Ninth Festival

The concept of 'yin' and 'yang' underscores both modern and traditional schools of thought in Taiwan. And since the number '9' is considered to be charged with positive yang, it is believed that on the ninth day of the Ninth Lunar Month, yin and yang are greatly out of balance. more »

Tomb Sweeping Day

Tomb Sweeping Day is a national holiday in Taiwan. It in not tied to the Lunar or Solar calendars, rather it falls 15 days after the vernal equinox; usually between April 4th and 6th. Families return to the graves of their ancestors to pay respects. more »

The Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival (元宵節) falls on the 15th day of the first Lunar Month. The Lantern Festival marks the first full moon of the Lunar New Year and symbolizes the return of spring. It is one of Taiwan's most celebrated festivals. more »

The Dragon Boat Festival (端午節)

The Dragon Boat Festival (端午節) is a major festival on the Chinese calendar. It occurs on the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month and is characterized by the eating of rice dumplings (粽子), the beating of drums and of course, dragon boats (龍舟). more »

Teacher's Day

September 28th is Teacher's Day in Taiwan. This particular date was chosen because it coincides with the birthday of Confucius who is regarded as one of the greatest teachers in Chinese history. more »

The Moon Festival (中秋節)

The Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) is a very popular festival for many countries in Asia; Taiwan is no different. This festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month and is celebrated by eating moon cakes (月餅), pomelos (柚子) and barbequing with family and friends. more »