Taiwan officially the Republic of China is a state in East Asia. Originally based in mainland China, the Republic of China now governs the island of Taiwan (formerly known as “Formosa”), as well as Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, and other minor islands.
Neighboring states of Taiwan include the People’s Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east and northeast, and the Philippines to the south.
Taipei is the political capital as well as economic and cultural centre in Taiwan.
Christmas Celebrations in Taiwan :
In Taiwan, Christmas is not officially celebrated or legally recognized. However, coincidentally, 25 December is the date of the signing of the Constitution of the Republic of China in 1947, officially the Constitution Day. Today as more and more people come and settle in Taiwan from other parts of the world, people tend to celebrate Christmas. Christmas is celebrated more widely in Taiwan than in mainland China. Although there are only 5% of Christians living in Taiwan out of the total population, many stores will sell Christmas related items at Christmas time. It’s also not a national holiday in Taiwan.
Even so, most children know about Santa Claus and might even know a Christmas song. Parents of children at popular English schools expect a full Christmas festival, complete with gift exchanges, singing, and of course, a visit to the school from Santa. Many schools will perform a kind of Christmas a pageant or play with sugar plum fairies, reindeer, snowflakes, elves and other Christmas characters singing on stage for parents.
Christmas cakes, a tradition more from Japan, is something that is slightly popular in Taiwan.
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