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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Taiwan celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 JanFriNew Year's Day
20221 JanSatNew Year's Day
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day
20241 JanMonNew Year's Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

In Taiwan, the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day is very patriotic as well as very festive. This is because of the fact that 1 January also Republic Day, while 25 December is also Constitution Day. Additionally, Chinese Lunar New Year is celebrated for up to two weeks beginning sometime in February.

The real major celebration is actually Chinese New Year, but 1 January is also observed. People generally get the day off work, and they may get a few days off and then have to work a “make up day” later.

Fireworks, family gatherings and dinners, greeting people with a loud “Happy New Year!” at midnight, and staying up all night New Year’s Eve and into the early morning hours of New Year’s Day are all common in Taiwan. For some, it is little more than a day to relax, but for others, it is a “real” holiday.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20181 JanMonNew Year's Day
20171 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday