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Kaohsiung Holidays Overview
Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan which is located in the southern part of the island. The city faces the Taiwan Strait on its westernfront while the Bashi channel lies to the south of the city. The city functions as an important commercial port which is included in the list of the busiest container ports in the world, a list which also includes the vibrant port cities of Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The history of Kaohsiung dates back to the 17th century when this sprawling city was a small fishing village which was known as Takao. This name was derived from the village’s original aboriginal name which means ‘bamboo forest’. The modern name of Kaohsiung then evolved from the Mandarin translation of this word. The Ching Dynasty ruled Kaohsiung during the 16th century but the city was occupied by the Japanese from 1895 to 1945 when they colonized Taiwan. During this time Kaohsiung at first functioned as district which was eventually designated as a city in 1924. After the end of Japanese rule in 1945, the city was officially designated as a special municipality in 1979.
Kaohsiung before it evolved into a metropolitan center was essentially an agricultural area which was covered with farms and fields. Today this port citywhich has the River Ai( Lover River) flowing through it is a bustling metropolis which is home to more than a million inhabitants. The city also has a large industrial base and ship building and steel production are some of the major industries that are located in Kaohsiung.
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Festivals in Kaohsiung are connected with the Chinese lunar year and the city celebrates various festivals all throughout the year.
Kaohsiung celebrates the Lantern Festival in the month of January with religious ceremonies at Yicheng Hall and festivities along the Love River.
Birthday of the Emperor of Heaven:
This festivals is celebrated at Kaohsiung’s Tienkung temple in January where hundreds of devotees make offerings of incense and flowers.
Chinese New Year
Kaohsiung celebrates Chinese New Year which generally falls in February with many festivities which are held over several days. During this festival homes are cleaned as new clothes are bought and feasts are enjoyed in the company of friends and family.
Birthday of Goddess Matsu
This festival is celebrated in the month of March with a colorful parade which is held in honor of the Goddess at Tienhou Temple.
Tomb Sweeping Day
The city also celebrates this day of ancestor worship in the month of April.
This holiday is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in Kaohsiung. Most department stores have elaborate sales in honor of Mothers day.
Dragon Boat Festival
This festival is also celebrated in May with raucous races that are held aboard dragon boats which are floated on the Lover River.
Yi Ya festival
The Yi Ya festival is celebrated on June 28th every year. During this festival the city celebrates the birthday of Yi Ya who was Taiwan’s original master of culinary art with the YiYa gourmet food festival and several contests like speed eating and eel catching.
Birthday of Kuanti
This festival is held in month of June and the site of the celebrations is the Tienkung Temple where residents organize parade tours for the deity.
The Mid-Autumn/Moon Festival is celebrated in August with a huge fireworks display on the Love River.
This festival which is also known as ‘Teacher’s Day’, is celebrated in September at various temples dedicated to him around the city.
Double Tenth National Day
National Day is celebrated throughout Taiwan on October 10 th to commemorate the Wuchang Uprising of October 10, 1911, which perpetuated the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China and led to establishment of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912. The event is celebrated with many festivities in both Taipei and Kaohsiung.
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Airlines like American, China, Thai Airways,Japan airlines provide air links from Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne to Kaohsiung
Australia’s consular affairs in Kaohsiung and the rest of Taiwan are handled by the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.