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Lunar New Year break extended a day

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Lunar New Year holiday is to start a day earlier than in previous years, to give people more flexibility when making travel plans, ease the strain on traffic and boost tourism, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday.

The plan from the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration, the holiday would begin on Jan. 23, the day before Lunar New Year’s Eve, Su said, adding that a compensatory working day would be announced to make up for it.

The longer holiday is intended to ease traffic congestion and encourage more people to travel, increasing business for hotels and bed and breakfasts, and spurring economic growth, he said.

The concept came about after a lawmaker asked Su to provide a longer Lunar New Year holiday just as other nations have long New Year holidays, he said.

He then told Directorate-General of Personnel Administration Minister Jay Shih (施能傑) to formulate a plan to extend the break, which was approved in April last year, Su said.

The agency’s plan would continue starting the Lunar New Year holiday on the night before Lunar New Year’s Eve until 2030, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said.

That means that during the break, people would have at least seven days off for the Lunar New Year holiday, with the longest one lasting for 10 days in 2023, she said.

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