Holidays & Observances in Taiwan
Taiwan is an archipelago in Eastern Asia. It is officially called the Republic of China, and its state of independence from the People’s Republic of China is a highly complicated and contested issue. Its government is almost completely separate and independent from China’s, but no official declaration of independence has ever been made and the People’s Republic of China still considers Taiwan to be under its jurisdiction. Culturally Taiwan is very similar to China, and celebrates many of the same holidays such as Chinese New Year. It is more religious than China, as the government does not discourage religious observation in Taiwan as it does in China. The main religions are Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The holidays associated with these religions are celebrated openly across the country.
|Holiday Date||Country Holiday||Observance Type||Religion/Belief|
|New Year's Day||Popular & Widely Observed|
|Chinese New Year||Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism, Confucianism|
|Lantern Festival||Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism|
|Arbor Day - Taiwan||Noteworthy & Common|
|Qing Ming - Tomb Sweeping Day||Religious/Beliefs||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism, Confucianism|