Taiwan considers fixing Lunar New Year holiday at 9 days

Holiday should start before New Year’s Eve to prevent traffic jams: Premier Su

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/02/16
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The government was considering giving nine days off for Lunar

Premier Su Tseng-chang (second from right) at the Taipei International Book Exhibition Saturday. (By Central News Agency)

New Year each year, but not at the expense of employers, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Saturday.

He also said that last month’s start of the holiday, on the weekend before New Year’s Eve, had solved serious traffic problems, posing an example for the future.

As tradition dictates that Taiwanese families gather together for a family dinner on New Year’s Eve, if the holiday begins that day massive traffic jams are unavoidable, the Central News Agency quoted Su as telling reporters during a visit to the Taipei International Book Exhibition.

Therefore, the government should consider beginning each Lunar New Year holiday earlier than the day of New Year’s Eve, the premier said.    [FULL  STORY]

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