Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

National Day of the People's Republic of China

Today is the 64th National Day of the People's Republic of China. It is celebrated October 1st every year, celebrating the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 founded by Mao Zedong - a time that ended years of civil war.  It's a public holiday that heralds the start of a Golden Week: a seven day national holiday.

Photo Credit: Dan
National day is celebrated with flag raising ceremonies, performances, concerts and fireworks. On five and ten year anniversaries, a military review and parade is held. The following video filmed by Dan Chung gives an idea of the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. Precision marching, frightening military might, and coordinated cultural performances- it's rather impressive! 

The Chinese military is called the People's Liberation Army, and it is the world's largest military force. 

People's Republic of China Flags
Photo Credit: Chris
The Chinese anthem is "The March of the Volunteers" and was written in 1934 for a play. It was a song used as propaganda during the Chinese resistance against the Japanese occupation in the 1930s. It became the national anthem in 1949. These are the lyrics:

Arise! All those who don't want to be slaves!
Let our flesh and blood forge our new Great Wall!
As the Chinese nation has arrived at its most perilous time
Every person is forced to expel his very last roar.
Arise! Arise! Arise!
Our million hearts beating as one,
Brave the enemy's fire, March on!
Brave the enemy's fire, March on!
March on! March on! On!

You can hear the song in the video found here.

It was interesting for us to note the importance of military might in China, an aspect we have explored so little. How does your country's national celebrations compare with the People's Republic of China's National Day?


  1. Ah, Russia and China are so much alike in their celebration rituals, which is pretty understandable considering shared Communist legacy :)

  2. It seems China has many festivals, which they celebrate with flourish. England, I think has many bank holidays which were, once upon a time, celebrated as festivals, but are now just an excuse to down tools and take it easy for a few hours. I rather admire the cultures that throw themselves into and experience everything so thoroughly.

    1. I love how much the Chinese throw themselves into their festivals. For Canada day, though we have fireworks and, at least in our city, a pretty sad excuse for a parade (I have no interest in seeing another truck drive by with a balloon and a girl throwing out candy), I tend to associate it with barbecues, concerts and fireworks.


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