There are four festivals valued most by Taiwanese and Chinese. They are Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Moon Festival (Mid‐Autumn Festival). Each one includes its origin and numerous folk customs.
People have some unique activities to celebrate these festivals. However, one of the important reasons to celebrate them is to demonstrate the meaning of family reunion at these special moments. Thus, in our
tradition, the value of family has been a core one.
In addition, on some certain occasions, different colors are used to symbolize their specific significance in our cultures. For instance, red stands for good luck, prosperity, and happiness. Gold is associated with the imperial family. White is the color of death and traditionally used for funerals. Thus, one should avoid using white wrapping paper when giving presents.
Speaking of taboos or superstition, people here do not like the digit 4 because the sound of “ 4” in Chinese is similar to “death”. But, when it comes to the digit 8, it is a completely different situation. If someone has the number “ 8” , “ 88” , “ 168” , or “ 888” in his or her license plate, address number, ID card or any certificate, it means he or she may become rich or get fortune all the way. Next time, when you are talking about numbers with Chinese or Taiwanese, you can “show off” how good you are at understanding these numbers.
Interested in more stories about numbers or customs? There are too many to tell in this section. However, before you finish reading this section, you may need to know one tip on buying presents for Chinese or Taiwanese. Never buy clocks, umbrellas or pears as gift. Why? Come and ask your teachers of Chinese Language Center.