Tea is an important part of Taiwan’s culture. Tea has had an important effect on Taiwanese people’s lives for hundreds of years and continues to be important today.
Tea is one of the traditional drinks in Taiwan and has been developed there for over 200 years. Tea first started being harvested in the central and southern areas of Taiwan. If you wanted to impress an important person, you would give them the gift of tea! Additionally, hosts made tea to treat their friends or customers at banquets or at their home. You can experience traditional Taiwanese tea houses in Jiufen and Maokong in Northern Taiwan. While there, professional servers can teach you the history and customs of Taiwan’s famous teas.
Nowadays, tea continues to bring joy into Taiwanese people’s lives. Taiwanese tea is exported all over the world for everyone to enjoy. In the past, tea was mostly enjoyed by older people but today, young people also enjoy tea though in a slightly different form – bubble tea! We hope this Heritage Days experience will give you a small taste of Taiwan’s tea culture.
Taiwan Peony Floral Lantern:
when Lanterns meets Taiwan Peony Floral Chintz
Lanterns in Taiwan, like in other Asian Countries, were used primarily as a light source before electricity and light bulbs were invented. Lantern’s paper shade kept the candle from going out in the wind. In the present day, lanterns are used only for decorations and celebrations.
Taiwan Floral Chintz is a hybrid and unique floral printed fabric. Its design was influenced by Chinese and Japanese elements. With the focus on peony, Taiwan has developed its very own floral traditional pattern.
While peony grows naturally in China and Japan, Taiwan’s climate is not ideal for a peony to survive. Even so, as much as the Chinese and the Japanese love this flower, the Taiwanese also love peony as well as its symbolic meaning of ‘happiness’, ‘wealth’ and ‘vitality’.
Taiwan Floral Chintz's distinctiveness lies in its creation of the ‘Peony Four Seasons’ pattern. In the Peony Four Seasons, peony is not pictured independently but is always accompanied with a variety of flowers from the four seasons. Below is a list of flowers commonly used in Taiwanese Floral Chintz designs.
Spring: Peony, Cherry blossoms, orchid, Sycamore flower
Summer: Vine flower, Ball flower, Hemerocallis, Lily, Bellflower, Calamus,
Medium flower, Lotus
Fall: Chrysanthemum (mums), Maple, Reed, Autumn grass
Winter: Plum blossom, Bamboo, Pine, Daffodils, Camellia
Taiwan Floral Cloth Lanterns are widely used for decorations and festival celebrations nowadays in Taiwan. And you may have guessed it, lanterns made with Taiwan Peony Floral Chintz
Haka Tong Blossom Festival
Take a trip to the Hakka Tong Blossom Festival and prepare to be touched by the forests and mountains, covered with Tung flowers, and engulfed in Hakka art and culture. Don't forget to take these impressions home with you!
Introduction of Hakka Cuisines
In early Taiwan, the Hakka people worked primarily on farming their plants. Majority of the meals were salty in compensation of the sodium and electrolyte loss in sweat from working under scorching sun. They figured out that meats and vegetables can be preserved in extension of the expiry date by adding salts, oil and seasonings in them. Some believe Hakka dishes are salty, but others love the mouth watering flavor regardless of additional sodium.
Learn to make:
The Edmonton Taiwanese Association (ETA) was officially
established in 1976 by following the lead from Mr. Dongbi and forming a small Taiwanese group with elected directors to provide services to its members. The ETA is a non-political, non-religious, and non-profit organization with a mission to assist Taiwanese immigrants integrate into mainstream Canadian society and to provide the social support and community resources needed to make Edmonton their home.
Our organization was granted permission to participate in the Heritage Festival as the Taiwanese Pavilion in 1980. This was only after two directors, on behalf of the Edmonton Taiwanese Association, were invited to attend a debate with representatives from the China and Hong Kong Pavilions and were successful in pleading our case.
For the last 40 years ETA has strived to deliver an outstanding and memorable experience sharing our country with Edmontonians visiting the Taiwan Pavilion. Our team of volunteers always work tirelessly and diligently to source local Taiwanese food and souvenirs to sell, to attend dance rehearsals and sew performance outfits for the stage shows, and to ensure we have fun interactive crafts and games for all to enjoy.
We also collaborate with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver, BC to bring traditional and cultural performances from professional dance groups and artists to our Pavilion’s stage.
No matter which pieces of Taiwan and Taiwanese culture we end up sharing with you, each year our volunteers are rewarded with a tremendous feeling of accomplishment and pride.