Na­tional Day of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION -

OC­TO­BER 1 is the an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in 1949, and is cel­e­brated as the Na­tional Hol­i­day all over China.

On this day back in 1949, the Chi­nese peo­ple, un­der the lead­er­ship of Com­mu­nist Party of China, de­clared vic­tory in War of Lib­er­a­tion. A grand cer­e­mony was held at Tianan­men Square. At the cer­e­mony, Mao Ze­dong, chair­man of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment, solemnly de­clared the found­ing of Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, and raised the first na­tional flag of China in per­son. 300,000 sol­diers and peo­ple gath­ered at the square for the grand pa­rade and cel­e­bra­tion pro­ces­sion.

Na­tional Day Flower Bed: The Na­tional Day Flower Bed fes­ti­val is found in the main squares of many cities dur­ing the Na­tional Day. The Flower Bed in Tianan­men Square is, of course, the grand­est and most beau­ti­ful. This year, stretch­ing 50m in di­am­e­ter and 3m high, the flower ar­range­ments in Tianan­men Square are sup­posed to sig­nify the coun­try’s pros­per­ity and peace. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of flower pots have been care­fully ar­ranged to wow tourists and res­i­dents and to fill Bei­jing with festive am­bi­ence.

Hang­ing red Chi­nese lanterns: Dur­ing the Na­tional Day, red lanterns are seen ev­ery­where, es­pe­cially hang­ing at the gates of gov­ern­ment of­fice build­ings as well as all kinds of stores and shops. The red lantern is a sym­bol of fes­tiv­ity, luck and happiness.

Na­tional Day fire­works: Fire­works dis­plays are usu­ally held na­tion­wide in all cities dur­ing the Na­tional Day.

Golden Week: In re­cent years, the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment ex­tended the Na­tional Day Hol­i­day to one week’s time, which was called the Golden Week. It is in­tended to help ex­pand the do­mes­tic tourism mar­ket and al­low peo­ple time to make longdis­tance fam­ily vis­its. This is a pe­riod of greatly height­ened travel ac­tiv­ity. The other Golden Week is the Chi­nese New Year.

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