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January in Taiwan marks the eagerly anticipated strawberry season, when strawberry farms across the island open up for visitors to pick fresh strawberries. The climate in Taiwan is particularly conducive to strawberry cultivation, especially in the mid to high altitude areas, resulting in strawberries that are not only delicious but also of high quality. Apart from picking, many farms
February in Taiwan is marked by the enchanting tradition of the Lantern Festival, particularly celebrated in Pingxi. It has grown from a local custom to an internationally acclaimed event, symbolizing the release of worries and the harboring of hopes. Participants write their wishes on sky lanterns, releasing them into the night sky, creating a breathtaking spectacle. Thousands of lanterns
March in Taiwan heralds the prime season for cherry blossom viewing. Across the island, from north to south, various species of cherry blossoms bloom, painting the landscapes and cities in shades of pink. Taiwan is home to several types of cherry blossoms, including the Formosan cherry, Yoshino cherry, and Yaezakura, each with its own unique beauty. There are numerous
April in Taiwan sees the annual Mazu Pilgrimage, a distinctive and significant religious event celebrating Mazu, the Sea Goddess or Heavenly Mother, revered especially by fishermen and coastal communities. This pilgrimage draws thousands of devotees and spectators who follow Mazu’s palanquin from temple to temple, through villages and towns that host vibrant celebrations. It is an excellent opportunity to
May in Taiwan marks the prime season for firefly watching, as the warm transition from spring to summer sets in. During this time, the enchanting sight of fireflies can be observed in forests, by streams, and even in some urban parks. Taiwan is home to a diverse range of firefly species, with the Black-winged firefly and Luciola cerata being
In June, Taiwan celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival, an important tradition that commemorates the ancient patriot poet Qu Yuan. The festival has evolved into a collective sport, cultural celebration, and competition. Teams from all over gather on Taiwan’s rivers and lakes, clad in vibrant uniforms, paddling ornately decorated dragon boats in a spirited race. It’s not just a test
In July, Taiwan’s indigenous peoples celebrate the Harvest Festival, one of their most important traditional festivals to give thanks for the bountiful harvests and blessings from the gods. During the festival, various tribes hold a range of activities, including traditional singing and dancing performances, ceremonial offerings, and competitions, showcasing their rich cultural heritage and community solidarity. It provides an
In August, Taiwan celebrates Qixi Valentine’s Day, a festival brimming with romance. On this day, lovers exchange gifts as a token of their affection, with homemade chocolates being a particularly popular choice. The tradition of making chocolates for Qixi Valentine’s Day in Taiwan not only shows the closeness and thoughtfulness between couples but also reflects an appreciation for the
As September approaches in Taiwan, making mooncakes becomes an essential activity in anticipation of the Mid-Autumn Festival. This festival, significant in East Asian culture, symbolizes reunion and harvest, with mooncakes serving as its quintessential delicacy. In Taiwan, families and friends gather to make and savor mooncakes together, serving not only as a tribute to cultural tradition but also as
In October, Taiwan celebrates its National Day with spectacular fireworks displays, marking an indispensable part of the festivities for this significant holiday. National Day, also known as Double Ten Day, commemorates the success of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911, which signaled the establishment of the Republic of China. On this day, various activities are held throughout the island, with
As November brings cooler weather to Taiwan, hot spring bathing becomes a popular activity. Taiwan is rich in geothermal resources, with numerous well-known hot spring areas scattered across the island, such as Beitou, Yangmingshan, Guanziling, Cingjing, and Taitung Zhiben. Each hot spring area offers unique characteristics that not only soothe fatigue but also promote health. Bathing in a hot
The Winter Solstice in Taiwan is an important traditional festival symbolizing family reunions and warmth. On this day, it is customary for Taiwanese to eat Tangyuan, a type of round glutinous rice food representing completeness and happiness. Families either make or buy various Tangyuan, such as white, pink, or yellow, some of which are filled with sweet fillings like