During major religious and civic holidays banks, offices and embassies are usually closed. It is also important to note that during Chinese New Year (late January to early February), Taiwan and the rest of Asia come to a stand still. Many restaurants will close and you can expect to pay
The Taiwanese use both the Western Calendar and the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which means some holidays will remain on the same day while others can change from year to year. It is also common practice to change the day of a holiday to coincide with a Saturday. This is done to ensure the greatest productivity is achieved and that holidays don’t mess up work schedules. This can be problematic with language schools.
Be sure to check with your school to see what days are holidays and whether or not you have time off. If you are planning to travel make sure you make reservations well in advance and be prepared to deal with crowds. National holidays in Taiwan are huge events.
Here is a list of major holidays in Taiwan:
- January 1 – Founding Day of the ROC (three day bank holiday)
- Late January or February – Chinese New Year (3 to 5 day holiday)
- February 28 – Memorial Day
- April 5 – Tomb Sweeping Day
- May 1 – Labor Day
- June – Dragon Boat Festival (on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month)
- September 3 – Armed Forces Day
- September – Mid-Autumn Festival (on the 15th day of the ninth lunar month)
- October 10 – National Day (Double Tenth Day)
- December 25 – Constitution Day (not always a holiday)