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History behind Chinese National Day

Today marks the end of National Day week long vacation in the People’s Republic of China. The week which commemorates the founding of China began on National Day on 1 October and is a Chinese public holiday. In 1999 the Chinese government expanded the celebrations by several days to give its citizens a seven-day vacation period.

On National Day, the Chinese flag is highly visible across the country, from Hong Kong to Macau, flower beds are decorated and festoons are hung up.  Unlike the Spring Festival or other traditional festivals, National Day is a political festival where culture is celebrated with patriotism being the core of the festival.

Many Chinese travellers and citizens travel to popular mountains, rivers and historical sites to admire the beautiful culture they have. More than thousands of spectators gather at the capital city of Beijing, Tiananmen Square to witness the Five Star Red Flag rising so they can sing the National Anthem.

The red colour is associated with the struggle that was fought for independence and liberation. The red colour symbolises the most important element of “National Culture Day” and represents joyousness and harmony. The Red also represents moral justice and political legitimacy. The Chinese army was once dubbed the “Red Army” and built the country to what it is today. The People’s Republic of China was officially born on October 1, 1949, the nation’s first ever recognition as a full and united sovereignty.

National Day is one of biggest events in China and most successful in uniting the citizens. There are plenty patriotic events that are organised where the youth are urged to participate in order to learn about their country and appreciate its history and culture.

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