China's National Day
On October 1st, 1949, 300,000 Chinese public people joined in Tian An Men Square of Beijing, the largest city central square in the world. The ceremony to proclaim the establishment of New China started at three o'clock p.m. sharp. The current No. 1 leader, Chairman Mao, stood on the Tian An Men Tower and severely proclaimed, "The Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China has been officially established since today!" Guns thundered out of a solute. The first one Five Red Star National Flag rose slowly in the sonorous music of Chee Lai (National Anthem)! The whole world witnessed that historic moment. Since then, October 1st has become Chinese National Day. On the day of every year, the whole nation and Chinese residing overseas hold grand ceremonies to celebrate this significant festival. Since 1999, people from all walks have a one-week vacation during the Day, which is called "Golden Week of National Day".
Throughout more than 5,000 years history, Chinese people has experienced success and failure, glory and disgrace, prosperity and difficulty. However, among all ancient civilizations, it is the only one that is still strong in the contemporary world (Please let me show my pride on this point! And I do not deny that this great people has its inherent cultural disease). The National Day means much to it. As a new and national festival, the National Day reflects the national cohesion. The large-scale of celebrating activities called on by central and local governments show the increasing strength of the country and the growing confidence of the national people.
This year is the 62nd birthday of New China. Wish our motherland more beautiful, more prosperous and stronger in the future! Wish her children, 56 nationalities, all Chinese around the world, and fellows from Taiwan, Hongkong and Macao, more confident and more solidary! Wish human peace forever!