An extremely important festival in traditional Chinese culture, families gather from all around to celebrate the turn of the lunar new year. The festival lasts for around a month, kicked off by a series of public holidays where larger crowds can be expected. The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the new lunar cycle and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and the city's vibe will match the grandeur of the festival - indulge in the unique festive treats on show during this period, and streets doused in auspicious red decor.
Initially crafted to celebrate the Summer Solstice, an important date in Taiwanese history, the Formosa Summer Festival brings fuses the celebrations of old with contemporary aspects of a unique Taiwanese summer. Headlined by their signature summer desserts (complete with celebrity ambassadors), it also features various festival-exclusive tours and events around Taipei, making this month a perfect time to just wander and discover.
Commonly known as the Moon Festival, This takes place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It is a celebration for when the moon is its biggest and brightest. On this day, locals enjoy and gift mooncakes, small pastries filled with red bean or lotus seed paste, to loved ones. Lanterns are heavily involved as well, along with pomelos, considered a lucky fruit because of its shape and sweet taste.
This day is also known as the “Double Tenth Day” since it falls on the 10th of October. This festival commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911, a symbol of Taiwan's fierce desire for independence. To truly soak in the national pride, join thousands of locals at the celebration parade held in front of the presidential palace, or wait till nightfall to enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in Asia.
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