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Taiwan Reconsiders 2015 Public Holidays

Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration (Taipei)
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Taiwanese cabinet is considering increasing the number of annual non-working public holidays in Taiwan, beginning in 2015.

The list of official non-working public holidays in Taiwan for the upcoming calendar year 2015 is expected before late May 2014, as new regulations adopted in March 2013, obligate the Directorate General of Personnel Administration to make public the national holiday calendar for following year before June 1st of the previous year.

However, based on the customary rules governing non-working public holidays in Taiwan, it seems clear that all 2015 Taiwanese public holidays after February, will land on a Saturday or a Sunday.

To address this issue, the government is considering the practice of declaring substitute public holidays on the following Monday, when a public holiday falls on a weekend. Oher options being considered are: a 9-day Lunar New Year period of holidays, and the addition of annual non-working public holidays in Taiwan for Christmas and the Lantern Festival.

Taiwanese Premier, Jiang Yi-Huah, has asked for an interdepartmental decision by mid-March 2014.

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