Double Ten Day is a national holiday in Taiwan to commemorate the Wuchang Uprising of October 10, 1911. The revolt marked the end of the Qing Dynasty (thus marking the end of all dynasties) which led to the founding of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912.
Sun Yat-sen was one of the leaders of the Chinese nationalist group that took over; he wanted a Western-style government with a parliament and separation of powers, which made him so popular with the public. Sun Yat-sen was elected provisional president of the new republic. He is thought of today as the father of modern China, and his birthday on November 12, which is also a national holiday in Taiwan.
Due to its historical significance for the KMT (the ruling power in Taiwan for several decades), it has been ingrained into Taiwanese culture. So much so that Double Ten is considered Taiwan’s ‘birthday’ despite the Uprising having taken place in China. Depending on the year (and the forward planning by local city councils), parades and rallies can be held and fireworks go off throughout the celebrations. Culturally it is an important day because it’s one of the big national holidays where Taiwanese office workers and labourers get the day off. Depending on which day it falls, Taiwanese often travel overseas or even across the island. Many Taiwanese are due to travel throughout this time so make travel plans in advance and expect heavy traffic going in and out of cities and popular tourist areas.
Over the last decade, Taiwan has seen an increase in travel both overseas and within Taiwan. Many Taiwanese often used to dream of going overseas and experiencing nature, culture, and food that was always deemed exotic and beautiful. The plot twist? A lot of Taiwanese are coming to realize that our island actually has a lot to offer and is actually a pretty cool place to be! Taiwan has so much to offer in terms of weekend getaways, it’s great to see Taiwanese people taking pride in their country.