National Day of the Republic of China
|National Day of the Republic of China|
A symbol often seen during Double Ten Day (it is the combination of two characters for "10" (十)
|Also called||Double Tenth Day, Double Ten Day|
|Observed by||Republic of China|
|Type||Historical, cultural, nationalist|
|Celebrations||festivities, including fireworks and concerts|
|Next time||10 October 2014|
The National Day of the Republic of China (traditional Chinese: 國慶日; simplified Chinese: 国庆日; pinyin: Guóqìng Rì), also referred to as Double Ten Day or Double Tenth Day (traditional Chinese: 雙十節; simplified Chinese: 双十节; pinyin: Shuāngshíjié), is the national day of the Republic of China (ROC). It commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising of October 10, 1911, which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912.
As a result of the Chinese Civil War, the Government of the Republic of China lost control of mainland China and relocated to Taiwan in 1949. The National Day is now mainly celebrated in Taiwan, but is also celebrated by some Overseas Chinese.
Celebration in Taiwan
In Taiwan, the official celebration begins with the raising of the flag of the Republic of China in front of the Presidential Building, along with a public singing of the National Anthem of the Republic of China. It is then followed by celebrations in front of the Presidential Building; from time to time, a military parade may occur. Festivities also include many aspects of traditional Chinese and/or Taiwanese culture, such as the lion dance and drum teams, and cultural features coming from Taiwanese aborigines are integrated into the display in recent years. Later in the day, the President of the Republic of China would address the country and fireworks displays are held throughout the major cities of the island. In 2009, all government sponsored festivities for the Double Ten Day were cancelled, and the money intended for the festivals (NT$ 70 million) were reallocated for reconstruction of the damage done by Typhoon Morakot.
National Day Military Parade
In the past, the Military of the Republic of China has traditionally put on a military parade. During this parade, troops and equipment are marched past a reviewing platform in front of the Presidential Building. Typically, foreign ambassadors, military officers, and other representatives and dignitaries are invited to view the parade.
The parade has been held intermittently during the period of the Republic of China on Taiwan. The military parade on October 10, 1949 was the first public military parade held in Taiwan with Chen Cheng serving as the Grand Review Officer. The 1964 National Day parade was struck by tragedy when a low flying airforce F-104 Starfighter fighter aircraft struck a Broadcasting Corporation of China tower, causing the plane's fuel tank to fall and kill three people including a woman and her baby in front of the Central Weather Bureau building in downtown Taipei. The other two remaining F-104 aircraft were ordered to look for the crashed aircraft and accidentally collided and crashed in Tucheng City, Taipei County (now New Taipei City) killing both pilots. The parade was not held again until 1975. When Chen Shui-bian became President, the parade was not held until 2007 and then it was entitled a "Celebration Drill" and not a traditional military parade. Since Ma Ying-jeou became president, one parade has been held on the centenary celebrations of the Double Tenth Day.
List of Republic of China National Day Parades
|Parade Year||Exercise Name||Grand Review Officer||Venue||Parade Commander||Number of Troops||Remarks|
|2011||Ma Ying-jeou||Taipei||1,000+||The centennial event featured a skydiving show of 12 paratroopers of the Army Airborne Training Center above the plaza in front of the Presidential Office. Military parade involving 1,000+ personnel, 71 aircraft and 168 vehicles. On the part of the ground troops only the ROCAF Honor Guard Battalion and the ROCAF Composite Headquarters Band joined the parade on behalf of the armed forces.|
|2007||同慶操演||Chen Shui-bian||Taipei||Wu Sihuai||3,000||Exhibitions presented on national defense, non-traditional military parade|
|1991||華統演習||Lee Teng-hui||Taipei||Ro Wenshan||12,566||ROC Eightieth Anniversary|
|1988||光武演習||Lee Teng-hui||Taipei||Chen Tingchong||13,166||ROC Eightieth Anniversary|
|1987||Chiang Ching-kuo||Taipei||It was the last military parade held during Chiang Ching-kuo's administration. It was held on October 11, the day after the Double Ten Day celebrations due to Chiang's ailing condition.|
|1986||Chiang Ching-kuo||Taipei||ROC Seventy-Fifth Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee)|
|1981||漢武演習||Chiang Ching-kuo||Taipei||Hsu Li-nung||11,966||ROC Seventieth Anniversary|
|1978||漢威演習||Chiang Ching-kuo||Taipei||Chiang Chung-ling|
|1975||大漢演習||Yen Chia-kan||Taipei||Zhang Jiajun|
|1964||興漢演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Hau Pei-tsun||Two F-104 aircraft collided after an air formation, killing both pilots|
|1963||復漢演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Yuan Guo-Zheng||15,370|
|1961||復興演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Cheng Wei-yuan||ROC Fiftieth Anniversary (Golden Jubilee)|
|1960||鼎興演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Chu Yuan-Cong|
|1957||中興演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Hu Xin||12,000|
|1956||光復演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Liu Dinghan||21,500|
|1955||光華演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Cheng Wei-yuan|
|1954||n/a||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Xu Rucheng||Artillery battle underway in Quemoy. Flyby aircraft requisitioned for defense of Quemoy.|
|1953||n/a||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Zhou Yuhuan||19,000|
|1952||復華演習||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Tang Shou-chi||10,046|
|1951||n/a||Chiang Kai-shek||Taipei||Ai Ai||ROC Fortieth Anniversary|
|1949||n/a||Chen Cheng||Taipei||Unknown||First military parade held in Taiwan under the control of the Republic of China.|
Celebration outside of Taiwan
Overseas Chinese played a key role in the birth of the ROC since the nation’s founding father Sun Yat-sen, a medical doctor by training, received financial support mainly from the overseas Chinese communities abroad to overthrow the imperial Qing dynasty and establish the second republic in Asia in 1912. Outside of Taiwan, the National Day is also celebrated by many Overseas Chinese communities. Sizable National Day parades occur yearly in the Chinatowns of San Francisco and Chicago.
The ROC National Day was a public holiday in Hong Kong until the government of the United Kingdom cut its diplomatic ties with the ROC Government. After the civil war in mainland China, the National Day was celebrated in regions inhabited by Chinese patriots who remained loyal to the Republic, such as Tiu Keng Leng. Before the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to the PRC in 1997, many ROC supporters there would display patriotic and colorful flags (mainly the national flag of ROC) to celebrate the National Day. Taiwan agencies such as the Kwang Hwa Information and Cultural Center in Hong Kong have annually held a public ceremony to celebrate the National Day of ROC with members of pro-ROC private groups. The day continues to be celebrated in Hong Kong after the transfer of sovereignty to the mainland, but the national flags publicly shown have been removed by Police of Hong Kong ever since July 1997. Flag-raising ceremony at Hung Lau, Tuen Mun, Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary base, is the most noticeable event.
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