Get acquainted with China’s National Day, which starts on the 1st of October and will enable people working in China to enjoy a whole week of holiday!
After Mid-Autumn Festival last Sunday, China will enjoy another important yearly event on Thursday first of October: National Day. This celebration is paving the way to a whole week of holiday for people working in China. This article will provide you with the historical reasons explaining the symbolic importance of this date as well as the way this week of holiday is usually spent by local citizens.
History of the National Day
China’s National Day resulted from the Chinese Civil war, which saw the Kuomintang-led government (KMT) fight against the Communist party of China for national leadership, both having diametrically opposite ideologies. After long fights over decades, Mao Zedong’s Communist party eventually declared victory over Chiang Ka Shek’s KMT in front of 300,000 people in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, and waved the newly-created Chinese flag. This event led to the formation of the People’s Republic of China. In the meantime, KMT has fled to Taiwan, and is still ruling the island nowadays. A few months later Mao’s victory, the first of October was officially introduced as China’s National Day. This holiday has been expanded to a whole week in 1999.
National Day today
66 years after the People’s Republic of China’s formation, China’s National Day is still an important ceremony for Chinese people. It traditionally starts with the ceremonial raising of the Chinese national flag in Tiananmen Square, followed by an impressive military parade as well as fireworks, which also take place in other cities. What’s more, the Chinese Independence is also celebrated in many cities with the National Day Flower Bed Festival, as impressive flower ornaments are placed in the main square of different cities. Chinese people usually use their National Day holiday to spend time with their relatives, leave their working place to go to their hometown and travel around.
Therefore, the National Day holiday is a great time to visit China’s capital or other major cities and understand more about China’s fascinating history and culture. If you feel like having a deeper experience in China, feel free to apply for one of our paid internships. Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leaders in the metal industry, and is constantly looking international talents in the fields of human resources, marketing and sales!
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