Taiwan public holidays for 2020 announced


According to the calendar released by the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration, Taiwanese workers will receive 115 public holidays, including weekends in 2020. During 2020 they will enjoy five long weekends.

As usual planning ahead and using your annual holiday allowance to create long weekends is an efficient way to extend the public holidays. In 2020, only Republic Day right at the start of the year falls on a Wednesday, so the five long weekends are created using the normal holiday rules, with the usual proviso that some Saturdays will have to be sacrificed to create these long weekends.

Taiwan will celebrate the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Rat with a week of holidays from Thursday February 23rd to Wednesday February 29th, creating a seven-day break.

Peace Memorial Day on February 28th falls on a Friday, creating a three-day long weekend with no use of holiday allowance.

Children’s Day and Ching Ming combine to create a four-day weekend from April 2nd to April 5th.

Both Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid Autumn Festival fall on Thursdays in 2020, creating four-day weekends. The additional holidays on the Fridays will be compensated by the Saturday before the holiday becoming a working day.

Rounding off the holidays for 2020 is National Day, which will be on Saturday October 10th. Friday October 9th will therefore be a public holiday.

National holidays in Taiwan in 2020

WednesdayJan 01Republic Day
ThursdayJan 23Chinese New Year HolidayDay before New Year’s Eve
FridayJan 24Chinese New YearDay before 1st day of 1st lunar month
SaturdayJan 25Chinese New Year1st day of 1st lunar month
SundayJan 26Chinese New Year Holiday2nd day of 1st lunar month
MondayJan 27Chinese New Year Holiday3rd day of 1st lunar month
TuesdayJan 28Chinese New Year Holiday4th day of 1st lunar month
WednesdayJan 29Chinese New Year Holiday5th day of 1st lunar month
SaturdayFeb 08Lantern Festival15th Day of 1st lunar month
FridayFeb 28Peace Memorial Day
ThursdayApr 02Ching Ming Festival Holiday
FridayApr 03Children’s Day (in lieu)Friday is a holiday as Childrens Day falls on a Saturday
SundayApr 05Tomb-Sweeping DayQing Ming Jie, Tomb Sweeping Day or Mourning Day
FridayMay 01Labor dayPrivate sector workers only
ThursdayJun 25Dragon Boat FestivalTuen Ng Festival
FridayJun 26Dragon Boat Festival HolidayCompensated by Saturday 20 June
ThursdayOct 01Mid Autumn Festival
FridayOct 02Mid Autumn Festival HolidayCompensated by Saturday September 26th
FridayOct 09National Day (in lieu)National Day
SaturdayOct 10National DayNational Day
SundayOct 25Double Ninth DayAutumn Remembrance