National Day

What is the National Day?

The National Day is a Chinese public holiday celebrated to commemorate the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the seven public holidays in China and is the longest holiday after the Chinese New Year.

The National Day in China is celebrated with various large-scale official ceremonies and activities, like the military review on Tiananmen Square, parades, firework displays and TV shows taking stock of the year that passed.

When is the National Day?

The National Day is celebrated on October 1st every year. It is the anniversary of the day in 1949, where Mao Tsetung stood on the Tiananmen Gate and proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

How do Chinese celebrate National Day?

Many activities for the celebration of National Day are held nationwide throughout China, although the most representative and influential ones always take place in the capital of China – Beijing. 

One of the most popular activities is the flag-raising ceremony on Tiananmen Square, where the Chinese National flag is raised at the break of dawn. This is normally followed by a military review, huge parades and other festivities, which usually draw large crowds of people to watch. As darkness falls, amazing government firework shows in most major cities mark the highlight of the ceremony.

The National Day is a public holiday in China, and most people enjoy the seven-day official holiday from October 1st. This is one of the so-called “Golden Weeks” – a term referring to the long official holidays in China. The National Day has become one of the peak travel periods in China. Whereas Chinese New Year is a time for visiting family, the National Day is often spent traveling – both domestically in China and also increasingly on international travel.

What can I do to create a similar atmosphere?

Decorations

• Chinese flag as decoration can create a National Day atmosphere.
• Chinese lanterns as decoration adds to the feeling of a celebration atmosphere.

Greetings

• Happy National Day – Chinese pinyin: guó qìng jié kuài lè国庆节快乐
• Enjoy the National Day vacation – Chinese pinyin: huān dù guó qìng 欢度国庆
• From the 1st of the 7th of October you can add the above greetings to your entertainment system’s welcome message or in the beginning of your printed welcome letter in Chinese. 

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