228 Peace Memorial Day in Taiwan Date in the current year: February 28, 2016

228 Peace Memorial Day in Taiwan 228 Peace Memorial Day is a public holiday in the Republic of China (Taiwan) that honors the victims of the 228 Incident. On this day, the national flag of Taiwan is flown at half-staff as a symbol of respect for the perished.

The 228 Incident, also known as the 228 Massacre, 2/28 Massacre or simply 2/28, is considered one of the most important events in the modern history of Taiwan. It marked the beginning of the so-called White Terror, the period of martial law that lasted for 38 years.

After WWII, temporary administrative control of Taiwan was handed to the Kuomintang-administered Republic of China. Many Taiwanese were displeased with the new nationalist government.

On February 27, 1947 a dispute between a cigarette vendor and an officer in Taipei triggered civil disorder. On February 28, a full-scale uprising began. It was violently suppressed by the military, who killed thousands of people.

For a long time, the 228 Massacre was officially taboo. In 1995, President Lee Teng-hui became the first Taiwanese head of state to address it publicly. February 28 was declared an official remembrance day. On this day, the president rings a commemorative bell in memory of the victims and bows to their family members.

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