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Festivals and Holidays in Taiwan

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year", because it is Chinese lunar calendar. Festivities run from the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar (New Year's Eve), to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. It is the most important holiday for the Chinese, celebrated worldwide in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations. During the New Year holidays, Taipei City’s tourist areas, exhibition venues, and temples stage many events. In 2013, the Taipei Zoo invited to its “Animal Friends New Year Visit” where animal puppets interacted with the visitors. The National Taiwan Museum offered a “Happy Red Envelope Year of Abundance Draw” as red envelopes with money inside is one of the traditional gifts. Besides, the “Hundred Professions Spring Couplet Grand Display” was shown. At Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a daily free giveaway of one hundred Chiang Kai-shek Lunar New Year stickers represented the “Year of the Snake Luck and Blessings Welcome”, and under the motto “CKS Memorial Silver Snake Happy and Boisterous Spring Welcome”, a happy event was conducted with a lantern lighting ceremony, live bands playing, and lion and dragon dance performances. At National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, a “Chinese and Japanese Damask (Paper) Cutting Joint Display” was exhibited, and the winners of heritage and cultural awards gave free demonstrations. In Taiwan, other traditional holidays of Chinese culture are Qing Ming (in early April), the Dragon Boat Festival (in June), and the Mid-Autumn Festival (“Moon Festival”, in September). - Come and enjoy the celebrations!