Arbor Day has been a traditional holiday in Taiwan since 1927. Arbor Day has been a traditional holiday in since 1927. The Executive Yuan approved Arbor Day in the spirit of Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
In 1914, the founder of the agricultural college at Nanking University suggested to the now-defunct Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry that China should imitate the practice in the United States of Arbor Day. The holiday would be held the same day as the Qingming Festival. However, for unknown reasons, the suggestion was not made through the formal process, so nothing came from this original request.
After the successful conclusion of the Northern Expedition, the now-defunct Ministry of Agriculture and Minerals formally petitioned the Executive Yuan to establish Arbor Day to commemorate the passing of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China. He had been a major advocate of afforestation in his life, because it would increase people’s livelihoods. The Executive Yuan approved Arbor Day in the spirit of Dr. Sun that year and has since been celebrated on March 12th for this purpose.
Taiwan, as like many other Asian countries, celebrate White Day on March 14. This holiday is tightly connected to Valentine’s Day and it’s observed by men.
White Day is a kind of ‘answer’ to Valentine’s Day gifts, and now it’s men’s turn to give women chocolate, jewelry, lingerie, cookies or marshmallows. It’s expected that the gift from the man should be twice or thrice more expensive, than the Valentine’s gift.
The tradition to celebrate White Day began in 1978, when the National Confectionery Industry Association claimed, that men should pay back women who gave them chocolates and other gifts on Valentine’s Day.
Taiwan Youth Day is a youth-oriented Catholic Church event in Taiwan, organized by Youth Desk of Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference.
Seven dioceses in Taiwan take turn to plan and execute Taiwan Youth Day. In 2004, the first ever Taiwan Youth Day was created and it was decided to hold it every three years. However, in 2008, the Taiwanese Central Government decided to have the Taiwan Youth Day once a year.
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