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Taiwan’s indigenous people ready to use seasonal ritual holiday as tribes entering festival hot season

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Most aboriginal tribes in Taiwan are entering the hot season of celebrating their most important traditional festivals and the indigenous people are e...

Most aboriginal tribes in Taiwan are entering the hot season of celebrating their most important traditional festivals and the indigenous people are e... (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Most aboriginal tribes in Taiwan are entering the hot season of celebrating their most important traditional festivals and the indigenous people are eligible to take a day off to attend the rituals.

The day off is called the “Holiday for a Seasonal Ritual” and is a paid holiday for employed indigenous people. The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) is responsible for consulting tribal customs of all the indigenous peoples across Taiwan and then making a yearly “Holiday for a Seasonal Ritual” calendar, according to which an indigenous individual can select a day off from the period designated for his or her tribe to attend the ritual.

More than a half of important tribal rituals in Taiwan fall in the period from July to October. For example, according to the CIP’s 2017 calendar, the Amis can select a day off between July 1 and September 30 to attend their annual harvest festival, which traditionally falls in this period of time. The harvest festival’s events, staged in many indigenous villages in Hualien County and Taitung County in eastern Taiwan, are characterized by singing, dancing, and feasting on indigenous specialties.

Taiwan’s indigenous people ready to use seasonal ritual holiday as tribes entering festival hot season

According to the CIP calendar, the Rukai tribe’s Kalabecengane (millet festival) is scheduled between July 1 and August 31; the Kavalan’s Qataban (harvest festival) is between July 10 and August 31; and the Thao’s Lusan (ritual to respect ancestors’ spirits) is between September 20 and October 19.

However, there have been complaints that the one-day seasonal ritual holiday is too short compared to the Han people’s Chinese New Year holiday. As most young indigenous people study or work far away from home, transportation can take up almost a whole day.

"2017 Holiday for a Seasonal Ritual" calendar announced by the Council of Indigenous Peoples

Tribe Name of Ritual Holiday Period
Amis Malalikit/Malikoda/Ilisin/Kiloma’an Select one day from July 1 to September 30
Atayal Ryax Smqas Hnuway Utux Kayal August 25
Paiwan Masalut Select one day from July 1 to August 3
Bunun Malahtangia May 12
Puyuma Amiyan December 31
Tsou Mayasvi Select one day from February 1 to April 30
Rukai Kalabecengane Select one day from July 1 to August 31
Saisiyat Oemowaz ka kawas Select one day from March 28 to April 25
Tao (Yami) Mapasamoran so piyafean May 26
Thao Lusan Select one day from September 20 to October 19
Kavalan Qataban Select one day from July 10 to August 31
Truku Mgay Bari October 15
Sakizaya Palamal October 6
Seediq Qlasan Tninun/Smesung Kmetuy December 31
Hla'alua Miatungusu March 1
Kanakanavu Mikong Select one day from October 1 to October 31


Updated : 2021-11-27 08:36 GMT+08:00