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Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

Mid-Autumn Festival in Taiwan – September 13, 2019

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a Chinese harvest festival, also celebrated in Taiwan. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar. It is an official public holiday in Taiwan, as well as China, Macau, and Hong Kong.

The festival is known by many names, such Harvest Moon Festival, Mooncake Festival, and Reunion Festival. It celebrates three fundamental concepts that have shaped the traditions of the festival, Gathering: family and friends come together to celebrate and harvest crops, Thanksgiving: people give thanks for good harvest and Praying: people ask deities for material or conceptual satisfaction, such as health, wealth, babies etc.

The Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated for centuries. One of its most important parts is moon worship, as moon symbolizes femininity and fertility. On this day, the Chinese honor Chang-yi, the goddess of the Moon.

Modern celebration of the festival includes family gatherings, traditional lion and dragon dances, lighting lanterns, folk games etc. Probably, the best known tradition is making and sharing mooncakes, small round cakes filled with lotus seed paste or red bean.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also celebrated in Vietnam, where it is known as Tết Trung Thu or Children’s Festival. It is marked with lantern processions and lion dances.

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day in Taiwan – December 25

Christmas is widely celebrated in Taiwan even though it is not a public holiday.

Stores would sell Christmas-related items and restaurants serve special Christmas Day set menus. Local governments would even take responsibility to hold Christmas celebrations officially; shopping malls across the island would also put up Christmas trees and light shows to attract more customer interest.

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Halloween

Halloween in Taiwan – October 31

Halloween, a popular festival from American culture, is becoming more widespread in Taiwan as many young people are celebrating this chilling and spooky night.

Many people in Taiwan celebrate Halloween, which occurs annually on October 31st. It is the day before All Saints’ Day, and is also sometimes called All Hallows’ Eve and Hallowmas Eve. Costume parties are held and many children go trick-or-treating around this time of the year.

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Small Vo Tang Market

The Small Vo Tang Market 2018 – October 13 – 14, 2018

As part of the Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival 2018, there will be a small Hakka market which is dedicated at highlighting the Hakka culture and to promote their products as merchandise from Hakka communities all across Taiwan.

Small Vo Tang Market

Source: Travel Taipei

These activities offer visitors to experience the Hakka culture as it showcases the diversity of the industries of Hakka communities. As for the Hakka people living in Taipei, along with all those from other backgrounds, are given a chance to purchase authentic Hakka products in this festival event of cultural exchange.

Small Vo Tang Market

Source: Travel Taipei

Date, Time & Duration

The Hakka market will be open on to trade on October 13th and 14th as it takes place within the Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival.

Admission fee

This event is free to attend.

Location

Taipei City Hakka Culture Park

English Address: The Taipei City Hakka Culture Park, No. 2號, Section 3, Tingzhou Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100.

Chinese Address: 臺北市客家文化主題公園, 100台北市中正區汀州路三段2號.

Directions

Taking the MRT:

Take the green line to the Taipower Building MRT Station and leave via Exit 4. Head east down Shida Road until you see the entrance to the Taipei City Hakka Culture Park. The entrance should be on your left.

Taking a bus:

253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School.
673 – Zhongzheng Huanhe Rd. Intersection.
253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School.
253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School (Every 20 min).
673 –  Zhongzheng Huanhe Rd. Intersection (Every 2hrs & 25 mins).
943 – National Taipei University (Taipei Campus) (Every 45 mins).

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Chinese Taipei Open 2018

2018 Chinese Taipei Open – October 2 – 7, 2018

The Chinese Taipei Open is a HSBC World Tour Super 300 tournament, one of 11 Super 300 tournaments on the Tour. Formally known as the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold, the tournament is almost as old as Taiwan’s history.

The Chinese Taipei Open 2018 kicks off on Tuesday the 2nd of October, and the finals will be on Sunday the 7th of October, 2018. The admission tickets may sell out quick, so we advise to purchase them as soon as possible.

YONEX Chinese Taipei Open

YONEX Chinese Taipei Open 2018

Source: Travel Taipei

Date, Time & Duration

The games kick off on the 2nd, and the finals will be on Sunday the 7th of October, 2018.

Admission fee

The admission tickets vary from $50 to $300 depending on seats and how close the games are to the finals.

General admission and semi-final tickets can be purchased at the Ticketbis Website.

Tickets for the finals can be purchased at the StubHub Website.

⚠ These games are just around the corner! We advise to buy tickets early as they tend to sell out early.

Location

The Taipei Arena.

English Address: No. 2號, Section 4, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, 105.

Chinese Address: 105台北市松山區南京東路四段2號.

Directions

Take the green line to the Taipei Arena MRT Station. Leave via Exit 2 which is right outside the arena. The entrance is just in sight as you follow the building round to the main doors.

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