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Taiwan Confirms Children's Day Public Holiday

Source: The China Times (Taipei)
Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011


Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior has officially confirmed that, beginning in 2011, Children's Day will once again be a national public holiday, to be observed annually on April 4th.

The restoration of Children's Day as an official public holiday in Taiwan had been tentatively announced by Taiwan's Interior Minister, Jiang Yi-Huah, last month (2010-02-24).

Next year, April 4 will fall on a Monday, while the Tomb Sweeping Day public holiday will fall on Tuesday, April 5, meaning 4 consecutive days of public holidays.

Originally, no mention was made of what would happen on the years when the Tomb Sweeping Day public holiday will fall on the same date as Children's Day, April 4th, as will be the case in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021.

However, later in the day, Taiwan's Minister of the Interior, Jiang Yi-Huah, stated that over the next two decades, there will be 10 years in which Children's Day coincides with Tomb Sweeping Day, "meaning that the public will actually enjoy an extra holiday only in 10 out of those 20 years". This seems to indicate that nothing will happen when both public holidays fall on the same date.

Children's Day had been declared a non-working public holiday by the Legislative Yuan in May 1990, but it was then combined with the Women's Day public holiday in 1993, and was finally canceled in 2000 as part of the public holidays readjustments (2000-09-18) that followed the implementation of 2-day weekends in Taiwan (2000-06-20).

As regards Women's Day, on March 8, Taiwan's Minister of the Interior, Jiang Yi-Huah, said that representatives from government agencies had agreed that Women's Day should be declared a commemorative day but not a non-working public holiday.

Taiwan's Deputy Minister of the Interior, Chien Tai-Lang, also confirmed that, in 2011, as the third day of the Lunar New Year will fall on a Saturday, an additional day off will be added on the following Monday, meaning public holidays for six consecutive days, from Lunar New Year's Eve to the fifth day of the Lunar New Year.



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