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Taiwan Mulls September 3 Public Holiday

Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration (Taipei)
Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015


The Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee of the Legislature of Taiwan has approved a draft bill that would declare the, September 3, Armed Forces Day (originally known as “Victory over Japan Day”) as a new nationwide annual non-working public holiday in Taiwan, effective beginning in the calendar year 2016.

As per the aforementioned bill, the annual Armed Forces Day, renamed in 1955 from "Victory over Japan Day", would be renamed once more, this time as “Memorial Day for the War Dead and Armed Forces” and be observed nationwide as a new annual non-working public holiday in Taiwan, instead of being limited to a day off for the Taiwanese armed forces. This draft bill needs to clear the legislative floor and be signed by the president of Taiwan before being official.

Last month (2015-05-13), China's General Office of the State Council amended the list of China's official annual non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2015, by declaring Thursday, September 3, 2015, as an additional one-off non-working public holiday in China to commemorate the "70th anniversary of the victory in World War II".

China's announcement declaring Thursday, September 3, 2015, as an additional one-off non-working public holiday in China, was soon followed by similar announcements in Hong Kong (2015-05-13) and Macau (2015-05-14).

The calendar of official non-working public holidays in Taiwan for the upcoming calendar year 2016, is expected soon, 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 (2013-05-31).


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