Lunar New Year in Taiwan. Happy Year of the Ox! As people in Taiwan rejoice at being with their loved ones, I’m grateful to be here in my safe island bubble. But I wish I was planning my trip home this summer.
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I started writing about the Banqiao Christmas light show in 2012, now known as Christmasland. This is our fifth year attending and the second year we were invited on behalf of the New Taipei City Government.
This is our ninth Chinese New Year in Taiwan. Last year was the Horse’s year to speed off and accomplish things. This year, the goat reminds us to appreciate what we’ve accomplished.
Tomb Sweeping Day is a Chinese holiday that is celebrated in April. On this day, Chinese families visit the family tomb to pay respect to their ancestors.
Christmas comes to Taiwan once again, and this time, it showed up in a glorious display of lights near Banciao Train Station. The best Christmas light show in Banciao City is one of my favorite events each year.
On April 4th, 2012, the often neglected hillside cemeteries and graveyards of Taiwan will become hives of activity as families prepare for Tomb Sweeping Day (Ching Ming Jie). Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan is a day for Taiwanese families show their love and respect for their ancestors by visiting their graves.
The Taipei Players are back and this Christmas, on December 3, 2011 at 8pm, they’re hosting a Christmas Cabaret 2011 performance at the Loop with all proceeds going to charity.
The Chungyuan Festival(中元節) follows the lunar calendar and this year, the festival, which is also known in Taiwan as “Ghost Month”, beings on July 15th. On this day, the door of the underworld is open for spirits to enter the world.
On my way to train station, I have a most unexpected adventure with a cab driver who performs a last random act of kindness in 2009.