Saisiat Festival

The smallest aboriginal group living in Taiwan is the Saisiyat people. This population consists of just over 5,000 individuals, which means that it represents approximately 1.3% of Taiwan’s total indigenous population. That makes them one of the smallest aboriginal groups in the country.

The Saisiyat Festival is an event that allows these people to express their pride in their culture. Although this holiday is widely celebrated among the Saisiyat people, it is not a public holiday outside their culture. Therefore, life goes on in Taiwan as usual, and businesses, schools, and government offices remain open for the day.

Interesting Facts About The Saisiyat People

While researching the ins and outs of this holiday, we came across some interesting facts about the Saisiyat people and their culture—facts that we would like to now share with everyone reading about the Saisiyat Festival.

  • The Saisiyat are sometimes referred to as the Saisyett, Bouiok, or Saisette peoples.
  • The Saisiyat have their own religious global flood account.
  • They inhabit western Taiwan and are divided into two branches.

Observing The Saisiyat Festival In Taiwan

This holiday is mainly celebrated by the Saisiyat people for the Saisiyat people. That means that for most of Taiwan, this is just another day of the week. It is a working day for most people, and all institutions remain open on this day.

For the Saisiyat people, however, it is a day full of pageantry and excitement. It is a day with temple parades, theater productions, and cultural events. It is also a day to spend with loved ones and a day filled with food.

Where is it celebrated?
Taiwan (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 15 Friday
Next year (2025)
December 4 Thursday
Last year (2023)
November 27 Monday