Earth God’s Birthday

Earth’s God Birthday is an observance in Taiwan that’s celebrated in Taiwan every year and celebrates the deity, Tudi Gong. Since Taiwan is a polytheistic country, there are temples and shrines dedicated to a variety of different gods. Some of the gods include Ma Tsu (Lady Guardian of the Sea), and a number of city gods.

Tudi Gong isn’t just one Earth god, however. There are a variety of Earth gods that are tied to a particular place. This god is the one that brings the rain to the fields and helps the crops grow. As such, it’s an important holiday.

Interesting Facts About Taiwan

We’ve gathered together a whole lot of different and interesting facts about Taiwan that we’d like to share with everyone right now.

  • Taiwan has one of the largest collections of Chinese art in the world.
  • T’ai-nan is the oldest city in Taiwan and was settled in 1690.
  • Taiwan has been called the face mask capital of Asia.
  • It takes about eight hours to drive around Taiwan.
  • It’s believed that Taiwan was connected to mainland China over 10,000 years ago and was connected by a land bridge.
  • Some of the worst air pollution in Asia is in Taiwan.
  • In Taiwan, white is used to symbolize death and that’s why it’s used at funerals.

Observing Earth’s God Birthday

This day is observed by people heading to their local shrine to pay homage to the Earth god. However, this day isn’t a public holiday, so people have to do it on their own time. Businesses and government offices remain open on this day.

Where is it celebrated?
Taiwan (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
February 21 Tuesday
Next year (2024)
March 11 Monday
Last year (2022)
March 4 Friday