Taiwanese population in Luxembourg : 43 people in 2019
Taiwan has been part of the “working holiday visa” agreements signed between Luxembourg, Australia and New Zealand since 2018.
Under this programme, young people from Luxembourg and Taiwan, aged between 18 and 30, can stay in the partner country for a period of one year. See the website www.workandtravel.lu dedicated to the working holiday programme of the National Youth Service.
Recently, President Tsai Ing-wen pledged to strengthen Taiwan’s ties with the EU.
Taiwanese traditional festivals :
- Chinese New Year : it is the longest and most important holiday in Taiwan. Traditionally, Taiwanese people take advantage of it to pay off their debts, buy new clothes or do a major clean-up. It is also an opportunity to celebrate, make sacrifices to the gods and offer “hongbao” red envelopes containing lucky money.
- The Dragon Boat Festival : during this celebration, boat races are organized in memory of the drowning attempt of the national poet Ch’u Yuan, on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar in 277 B.C. The traditional “tsung-tzu”, which are rice balls stuffed with ham and bean paste, wrapped in bamboo leaves, are eaten there.
- Confucius’ birthday
- The Moon Festival : the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, takes place on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. It is an official holiday when families gather to celebrate, admire the moon and enjoy a “moon cake” (“Yueh-bing”).
- The Festival of Lanterns
The “Double-Dix” : the last important holiday of the year is the national holiday of the Republic of China. Large parades are held in front of the presidential building in Taipei, but also performances of popular dances, acrobatics, martial arts, dragon and lion dances. A giant fireworks display fired over the Tamshui River marks the end of the national holiday.