When picking up a date to travel to Taiwan, it is greatly advisable to schedule it in time with the major festivals in the country. Aside from the fact that travel package deals and discounts on air tickets may be rampant, it will certainly heighten up the experience as it would expose one to a very exciting and wonderful part of the heritage which is not always shown by Taiwan.
Almost every month, Taiwan celebrates a spectacular festival which greatly epitomizes the culture and traditions of the nation. People who will fly to the country may expect these festivals to welcome them fabulously.
January: Witness the spectacular firework displays and parades in celebration of the founding day of the Republic of China on the 1st. Lion and dragon dances are held on the streets to accentuate the fun. The same kind of festivity – although heaps better and grander – may also be expected during the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated during the first day of the first lunar month.
February: On the 15th day of the Lunar month, the Lantern Festival is celebrated. This is basically one of the most beautiful festivals as it features colorful lanterns hung on houses and temples. The most extravagant lanterns are typically displayed at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.
March: Young travelers would surely find March an appropriate time to visit Taiwan as it is the month when they celebrate the Youth Day. Reminiscing the history of the nation and imparting it with the young ones, it is indeed a momentous event which anyone would surely love to witness.
May: The QingMing Festival (‘Eternal Brightness Festival’) is celebrated on May. It is the time of the year when families come together to tidy up the graves of their deceased beloveds. Perhaps, it could make a tourist feel out of place, but for those who know that they have Taiwanese ancestors, it is the best time to pay homage to them. The day is also regarded as the day for new life and renewal.
June: One of the most stunning events in Taiwan is the Dragon Boat Festival. Witness dragon boat races while feasting over hsiung huang wine. See kids in glee as they receive fragrant sachets too. The event basically honors the Chinese poet, Qu Yuan, who drowned in the river. The festivities are held to ward off evil spirits.
July: It is the Ghost Month. For many Taipei locals, July is the month when ghosts are set out of the afterlife to wander around the world of the living. Thus, people pay tribute to these ghosts by offering foods and burning paper money. Lanterns are also hung on the streets to the temples.
August: Marking the end of the harvesting season is the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is celebrated during the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month. To celebrate, families feast over variety of foods. Traditional moon cakes are fundamental to be served. Sometimes, Taiwanese people buy air tickets to Taiwan in time for this event.
September: Honoring Confucius, teachers are honored during the Teachers’ Day. The ceremony basically begins before sunrise at the Confucius Temple. Students hold goose feathers – which symbolizes a quill used by most scholars when writing in the past.
October: The Double Ninth Festival is celebrated during the 9th day of the 9th month of the Lunar calendar. During this event, tourists would see an indelible part of Taiwan’s heritage as they pay tribute to their elders.
December: Aside from Christmas, December 25th is also the date when the constitution of Taiwan was enacted. It was well-celebrated as it symbolizes the unity of the nation as one. Flags are displayed everywhere to commemorate this event.