At least 7 days off for Lunar New Year beginning in 2020: Taiwan Premier

One Lunar New Year holiday within next decade could last 10 days: Premier Su

Lunar New Year shoppers on Taipei's Dihua Street.

Lunar New Year shoppers on Taipei's Dihua Street. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Beginning next year, each Lunar New Year holiday period will last at least seven days, with one within the next decade even lasting 10 days, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Friday (April 26).

This year’s Lunar New Year vacation took nine days, and showed marked improvements including a reduction in traffic jams and overcrowding of other means of transportation.

Speaking to reporters in Yunlin County Friday morning, Su said the government had already decided the holiday should start one day before Lunar New Year’s Eve, and complementary days of work would be used to allow one prolonged holiday period, the Central News Agency reported.

While the minimum length for the vacation had been decided as seven days, some years it might last as long as nine days, the report said.

According to Premier Su, the seven-day period starting before Lunar New Year’s Eve would make travel easier for residents visiting relatives or going on holiday.

Next year’s Lunar New Year day falls on Saturday, January 25, precisely two weeks after the presidential and legislative elections.