China celebrates 70th National Day


A cannon fired during gun salutes and a red lantern, both used at the founding ceremony of People's Republic of China in 1949, are seen displayed at an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment, at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China August 22, 2019. - REUTERS

OCTOBER is one of the most anticipated months for the Chinese as they celebrate the country’s birthday while enjoying a long seven-day golden holiday.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, so the celebrations will be especially grand.

Executive vice-minister of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee’s Publicity Department, Wang Xiaohui, announced that a list of events have been lined up to celebrate the big occasion.

Ten major celebrations will be held in the Chinese capital of Beijing, beginning this month, he added.

“These events will fully demonstrate the history and achievements of the nation since 1949.

“The purpose is to motivate everybody to stay true to our original aspiration and bear our mission in mind, and strive to secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

“We also aim to achieve the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and to realise the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation,” he pointed out.

Here is the list of the national-level celebrations:

> The grand parade – This is a major celebration with a military parade on Oct 1, the day the CPC founder Mao Zedong declared the founding of New China 70 years ago.

This parade, to be held at Tiananmen Square, can be participated by civilians and is only conducted once every five years.

President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, will deliver a speech at the event.

> National Day gala – An event with a variety of performances and a fireworks display will also be held at Tiananmen Square in the evening of the National Day.

Just like our Stadium Negara, Tiananmen Square means a lot to the Chinese because this is where the Five-star Red Flag rose for the first time following the declaration of Mao.

Tiananmen Square is located right opposite the Forbidden City.

> Ceremony to honour outstanding people – A ceremony will be held at the Great Hall of the People (GHP), next to Tiananmen Square, to honour those with great contributions to the country.

The Medals of the Republic, Medals of Friendship and national titles of honour will be presented to outstanding figures and laureates with integrity and those who rendered outstanding meritorious services to build Chinese socialism and safeguard the country.

Foreigners who have made remarkable contributions to promoting socialist modernisation, advancing international communication and cooperation as well as safeguarding world peace; distinguished persons with outstanding contributions in their respective fields and those who have earned elevated reputations will also be honoured.

> Flowers presentation to the national heroes – This is an annual event when the country’s leaders and representatives from all walks of life present flowers to pay tribute to national heroes at the Monument to the People’s Heroes at Tiananmen Square.

This will be held on the Martyrs’ Day, which falls on Sept 30.

> Exhibitions on China’s achievements – A list of exhibitions highlighting the country’s achievements in the past 70 years at the Beijing Exhibition Centre beginning this month.

> Documentaries on China’s achievements – A series of documentary underlining the country’s achievements will be shown on China Central Television during prime time.

The state TV will also broadcast a series of outstanding works of art including drama, music and dance performances on its channels.

The other celebrations are the routine National Day reception, a musical show, themed “Striving for a Better Future” at the GHP and the issuing of commemorative coins and stamps to mark the big day.

There will also be another event to honour the CPC veterans and military comrades, who started their service before the founding of the nation, as well as foreigners who have made extraordinary contributions to the founding of New China.

On top of the national-level celebrations, all local governments and departments will organise a variety of events at their own respective provinces and cities.

These activities include campaigns with the theme “My Motherland and I” and “Respectable Strivers” as part of the effort to highlight the country’s development in the new era, exhibitions featuring various themes and other performances.

For those who are planning to visit Beijing during this period, do prepare to face some inconvenience due to very tight security.

But to me, it is worth the trouble because such celebrations will only be held once every five years.
   

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