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National Day is golden key to understand contemporary China

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-02-2015 09:01 BJT

By Hu Yifeng, Director, Research Branch of Literary Criticism Center, China Literature and Art Association,Doctor; member  of Chinese Literary Criticism Association

October 1 marks China's National Day. Compared with the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Spring Festival and other traditional festivals in the country, this holiday is a political festival, ever since a grand celebration was held for the founding of the new China in 1949.

Since 66 years ago, National Day has evolved  a unique culture. But, what should we know about the so-called National Day Culture?

Patriotism stands as the core component. On this day, people can observe Chinese national flag appearing all over the country. Chinese citizens decorate flower beds, hang lanterns and festoons for rich festive atmosphere.

Tiananmen Square at the centre of Beijing comes to life. Tens and thousands of spectators gather there to witness the rising of the Five-Star Red Flag, so they can sing the National Anthem of the People's Republic of China.

Many Chinese travel to popular mountains and rivers, as well as scenic spots and historical sites to admire the landscape and Chinese culture. Teenagers organize patriotic events as well.

The red color symbolizes the most important element of "National Day Culture." Colors have different symbolic meanings in other countries and cultures. Red, in traditional Chinese Culture, represents joyousness and harmony.

In modern times, the red color is associated with the Chinese people's struggle for national independence and liberation. The People’s Republic of China was born on October 1, 1949, which is the nation’s first-ever recognition as a full and united sovereignty.

The army, once dubbed, the "Red Army," has built up the country. The mainstream for China is the Red Culture. Red represents moral justice and political legitimacy.

Since the reform and opening up, Beijing has expanded its foreign communications. More Chinese people are stepping out of their homeland, while more foreigners are coming to China. Along with the build up of the virtual world through the internet, people can easily communicate with each other.

The Chinese aspire for more foreigners to understand their nation better. Experience informs us that you won't understand a country's current conditions unless you understand its past.

So, learn more about the vibrant culture of a country. As a nation with an ancient civilization, China's literary and artistic creations appear to be brighter than the Milky Way.

Such a vast cultural literature can be interpreted in various manners. We can either read about the long history of ancient China, learn the development of Chinese cultural prospects, or we can begin from the living culture in contemporary China that has risen up gradually from the ancient Chinese cultural hall.

Learning the Chinese language could be a convenient and effective approach for  foreigners to learn Chinese culture..

Accordingly, "National Day Culture" is a golden key to understand China's past, present and future. For those interested in Chinese culture, they should visit the country during the National Day Holiday.


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