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12 Taiwanese taboos to heed on Lunar New Year's Day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With the Lunar New Year rapidly approaching, a Taiwanese numerologist has suggested 12 traditional taboos to avoid to ensure a prosperous and fortunate Year of the Dragon....

8 Taiwanese taboos to avoid on Lichun, 1st day of spring

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Sunday (Feb. 4) is Lichun (立春), which is considered the beginning of spring on the lunisolar calendar, and numerology expert Hsiao Meng (小孟) has listed eight taboos tradit...

China appoints naval commander as defense minister ahead of Taiwan elections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Friday (Dec. 29), China announced the appointment of a new Minister of Defense along with the dismissal of nearly a dozen top generals and leaders of military agencies....

14 Taiwanese do's and don'ts for Dongzhi

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Friday (Dec. 22) is the Dongzhi (冬至, extreme of winter) Festival or winter solstice based on the lunisolar calendar. Like other Taiwanese festivals, there are numerous tab...

Police nab floating raincoat prankster in central Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police identified the culprit behind a phantom raincoat seen hovering over a zebra crossing in Changhua City earlier this week. While waiting at a stoplight on Monday (...

6 taboos to evade on Lidong in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Wednesday (Nov. 8) is Lidong (立冬), the first day of winter on the lunisolar calendar, and numerology expert Hsiao Meng (小孟) has listed six taboos traditionally observed by...

Dressing evil for Halloween unfortunate for 7 types of people in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese numerologist recommends that seven types of people avoid dressing up as the dead or evil spirits on Halloween to avoid bad luck. Although Halloween is not a...

18 taboos to heed during Taiwan's Ghost Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ghost Festival (鬼節 or 中元節) in Taiwan is on Wednesday (Aug. 30), a time when many Taiwanese send offerings and pray to their ancestors, gods, and ghosts. The Ghost F...

National Geographic calls Taiwan ‘mecca’ for freediving

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A National Geographic online report on Tuesday (July 18) showcased the underwater treasures off the coast of Taiwan, calling the area a "mecca" for freediving. ...

7 taboos to avoid on Xiaoshu in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Friday (July 7) is Xiaoshu (小暑, minor heat) on the lunisolar calendar, and folk custom expert Yang Teng-kei (楊登嵙) has listed seven taboos traditionally observed by Taiwane...

Dragon Boat Festival superstitions to bring good luck, fortune

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Dragon Boat Festival is next Thursday (June 22), and according to numerologist Ko Po-chen (柯柏成), there are certain things people can do to improve their fortunes, per UDN....

Panthers optimistic that Barkov could play in Game 4 of Eastern Conference finals

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — All-Star forward Aleksander Barkov should be back on the ice soon, maybe very soon, and that news brought a collective sigh of relief from the Florida Panthers. It i...

Spalletti preparing Napoli victory speech as title looms

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti is already preparing a victory speech as his team stands on the brink of ending a 33-year wait for the Serie A title. After Napoli's g...

Mayor: Napoli title will set off 'big earthquake of joy'

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Before Gaetano Manfredi was elected mayor of Naples in 2021, he was a university professor specializing in seismic engineering — preparing and designing buildings to withstand ear...

Mayor: Napoli title will set off 'big earthquake of joy'

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Before Gaetano Manfredi was elected mayor of Naples in 2021, he was a university professor specializing in seismic engineering — preparing and designing buildings to withstand ear...