Celebrated on October 10, Taiwan’s National Day is commonly referred to as Double Tenth National Day.
In fact, it commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising (also known as the Xinhai Revolution), which took place on October 10, 1911, and led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China. It also led to the establishment of the Republic of China (R.O.C.) on January 1, 1912.
After the government of the Republic of China relocated to Taiwan in 1949, Double Tenth National Day has been celebrated continually in Taiwan ever since.
Please watch the following video of Taiwan’s 2017 National Day parade in Taipei:
To observe Taiwan’s 106th National Day with the theme of “Better Taiwan,” the celebration began with a national flag-raising ceremony in front of the Presidential Office Building. It was followed by the national day address delivered by President Tsai Ing-wen, as well as an array of performances by the National Defense’s Joint Military Marching Band, Taiwan Police College’s marching band, diabolo (扯鈴) teams from local schools, university cheerleading squads, the elite special military forces, and many more.
One of the striking features of Taiwan’s National Day celebration this year was a grand parade led by heavy motorbikes ridden by military police officers, passing through the plaza in front of the Presidential Office Building.
Forty-six elaborately decorated vehicles participated in the parade, including floats sponsored by state-run enterprises, government agencies, and 12 major Taoist temples from across the nation.
The first float celebrated the nation’s recent success of hosting the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei. It also commemorated the Taiwanese athlete’s outstanding performances at several recent international sports games, including the World Games 2017, which was held in Wroclaw, Poland.
It also celebrates the island’s athletic accomplishments at the Deaflympics 2017 in the Turkish city of Samsun, and among others, the Summer Universiade in Taipei.
The Taoyuan City Government created a float showing off its new Airport MRT and the Asia Silicon Valley Plan. The Taipei City Government’s float featured the 2017 Universiade mascot “Bravo the Bear.” Both of them were quite popular among the spectators on the streets.
The biggest eye-catcher among the floats was the huge Leopard Cat sponsored by the Taichung City Government, which is 16.5 ft. (5 meters) high and 62 ft. (19 meters) long. It is also the mascot of the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition.
Another float that attracted many onlookers’ attention featured outstanding foreigners living in Taiwan, including French Catholic priest Yves Nalet, who was escorted by a group of 70 fresh Taiwanese immigration officers.
Immigrants wearing their traditional costumes from respective countries rode on the floats representing the National Immigration Agency. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs featured the nation’s multiculturalism.
A highlight among the participating floats was the one contributed by the Environmental Protection Administration, which was made of recycled waste, mainly plastic bottles, to demonstrate the nation’s accomplishments in recycling and reuse.
The floats provided by religious groups were decorated with festive elements and giant flower sculptures of various Taoist deities, and were accompanied by various walking Holy Generals (神將Sheng Jian), a kind of divine idol that usually appear at local temple fairs in Taiwan.
The Kaohsiung City Government float was inspired by the concept of a boat coming into a harbor, and was covered with models of purple crow butterflies (紫斑蝶), which are a designated world natural heritage species.
The finale of the celebrations was the R.O.C. Air Force Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team flying overhead and releasing colored smoke in red, white, and blue, the colors of the Taiwanese national flag.
A fascinating thing about the Double Tenth National Day celebration in Taipei this year was the giant double rainbow, which appeared in the sky behind the Presidential Office Building, just prior to the ceremony. It awed many Taipei City residents and the crowd gathering at the plaza for the ceremony. Many interpreted it as being a good omen for Taiwan.