Recently, according to the increasing inter-country reunion cases, we’ve found out that different countries, languages, and cultures would bring huge impact on reunion. Therefore, whether you decide to join the reunion journey, we would like to share some Taiwanese culture, customs, and festivals to help you get prepared.
The Current Adoption Situations in Taiwan
The distinctive characteristics of Taiwanese family include close family bond, filial obedience, ancestral veneration and patriarchy. Taiwanese family members usually have close relationship and frequent contact. Important holidays such as Tomb Sweeping Day, Mid-Autumn Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese New Year are the time for family to gather and celebrate. The traditional Taiwanese society was patriarchal, but recently gender equality has become the mainstream due to amendment of related laws. Nevertheless, one may still find patriarchal customs in some families. For example, eldest son or grandson can inherit a greater portion of property or mother must give birth to a male child in order to carry on the family name.
Ways to Show Affection
Taiwanese parents are rather conservative in demonstrating affection. Most of them are not comfortable with expressing love by hugging or speaking out. Their love is shown in daily life interaction and in ways they support their children in planning the future. For example, Taiwanese parents will prepare tuition for children or make down payment on house for their children.
Giving gold jewelry, red envelops and amulet as gift is also a way to express gratitude and give blessing in Taiwan. Many gifts are in gold or red color, because these colors symbolize blessing and prosperity. In Asian countries, gold jewelry is not only a token of blessing, but also a hedge. It is very common for people to give gold jewelry on wedding, birthday and celebration of newborn baby. If you have difficulty choosing a gift, red envelope with cash in it will be the simplest solution. Red color represents your best wishes and cash can be used by everyone. Almost all grand temples in Taiwan provide amulets. There are various types of amulets. Some protect wearers from bad luck in work or school while others grant wearers health and happiness. In short, amulet is a token of blessing.