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Taiwan

Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

Taiwan is a country in eastern Asia that consists of one large island and several small islands. Officially known as the Republic of China, not to be confused with its northern communist neighbour the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan currently celebrates 19 national holidays.

Taiwan’s public holidays are provided for by the Ministry of Labor through the Labor Standards Act and its related Enforcement Rules. The Central Personnel Administration in Taipei regulates all non-working national holidays.

Other branches of the government of Taiwan have been known to issue one-time national holidays. These events usually occur due to a state-of-emergency such as a typhoon strike. The government has the right to declare any one-time national days off for any reason.

Many of the celebrations enjoyed in Taiwan are multi-day events. Some of the events will have a second date added to them where the entire workforce has a “make-up” day scheduled to work. These make up days are also issued as part of the national holiday list each year. Many of the make-up days occur on a typical rest day such as Saturday or Sunday.

It is not required by law to pay employees for national holidays. It is only required to provide a day off for the events. However if the employee must work due to the nature of their position, a different day off is to be provided. Private employment contracts may give holiday pay in lieu of a different day off. Some employers will also provide pay for national holidays as a benefit.

Most of the holidays celebrated in Taiwan are based on the lunar cycle. Because of this, most holidays are celebrated on different dates each year. The government issues the official dates for the holidays at the end of each year for the following year.

Commemorative Days

Taiwan has many commemorative days that are celebrated each year. Some of these commemorative dates are recognised by the government and others are not. Even if the commemorative date is acknowledged by the government they are not considered a national holiday and employees are not given a day off for these events.

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
1 JanFriFounding Day of the Republic of China
8 FebMonChinese New Year
9 FebTueChinese New Year
10 FebWedChinese New Year
11 FebThuChinese New Year
12 FebFriChinese New Year
28 FebSun228 Peace Memorial Day
29 FebMon228 Peace Memorial Day
(Additional Holiday)
4 AprMonChildren's Day
4 AprMonQingming Festival /Tomb Sweeping Day
5 AprTueQingming Festival /Tomb Sweeping Day
(Additional Holiday)
9 JunThuDragon Boat Festival
10 JunFriDragon Boat Festival
(Additional Holiday)
15 SepThuMid-Autumn / Moon Festival
16 SepFriMid-Autumn / Moon Festival
(Additional Holiday)
10 OctMonROC National Celebration Day

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
1 JanSunFounding Day of the Republic of China
2 JanMonNew Year's / Republic Day Holiday
27 JanFriChinese New Year
28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year
30 JanMonChinese New Year
31 JanTueChinese New Year
1 FebWedChinese New Year
27 FebMon228 Peace Memorial Day
(Additional Holiday)
28 FebTue228 Peace Memorial Day
3 AprMonQingming Festival /Tomb Sweeping Day
(Additional Holiday)
4 AprTueQingming Festival /Tomb Sweeping Day
4 AprTueChildren's Day
29 MayMonDragon Boat Festival
(Additional Public Holiday)
30 MayTueDragon Boat Festival
4 OctWedMid-Autumn / Moon Festival
9 OctMonROC National Celebration Day
(Additional Holiday)
10 OctTueROC National Celebration Day