National Day of the People's Republic of China

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National Day of the People's Republic of China
National Day decorations - Beihai Park.JPG
Beihai Park in 2004
Observed by All of the  People's Republic of China including Hong Kong and Macau
Type Historical, cultural, nationalist
Celebrations festivities, including fireworks and concerts
Begins October 1
Ends 7 days later
Date October 1
Next time 1 October 2016 (2016-10-01)
Frequency annual
National Day of the People's Republic of China
Traditional Chinese 國慶節
Simplified Chinese 国庆节
Tiananmen Square, 2006 National Day of the PRC. The placard reads "Warmly celebrate the 57th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China". The portrait is that of Sun Yat-sen.[1]

The National Day of the People's Republic of China (Chinese: 国庆节; pinyin: Guóqìng jié) is a public holiday in the People's Republic of China to celebrate their national day, and is celebrated annually on October 1.[2]

The PRC was founded on October 1, 1949, with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square. The Central People's Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China on December 2, 1949, and declared that October 1 is the National Day.[3]

The National Day marks the start of only one of the Golden Weeks in the PRC. However, there have been some recent controversies over whether Golden Weeks should be kept.

The National Day is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with a variety of government-organized festivities, including fireworks and concerts. Public places, such as Tiananmen Square in Beijing, are decorated in a festive theme. Portraits of revered leaders, such as Mao Zedong, are publicly displayed.[4]


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  1. ^ China at 60: Nostalgia and progress | Fu Ying | Comment is free. The Guardian (2008-07-16). Retrieved on 2011-04-30.
  2. ^ Flag-raising ceremony held for China's National Day celebration_English_Xinhua. (2009-10-01). Retrieved on 2011-04-30.
  3. ^ National Day celebrated across China _English_Xinhua. (2009-10-01). Retrieved on 2011-04-30.
  4. ^ Fri, Oct 02, 2009 – China celebrates with elaborate display of power and ideology. The Irish Times (2009-10-10). Retrieved on 2011-04-30.

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