- CNTV English - CCTV News

National mourning ceremonies in China

08-15-2010 12:41 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

Watch Video

Play Video

Sunday is the seventh day since the mudslide. In Chinese tradition, the seventh day following a death is the height of the mourning period. This is the third time the country has held large-scale national display of mourning.

China observed three days of mourning beginning on May 19th, 2008, to remember the nearly 70-thousand people who died in the devastating quake that struck Wenchuan in Sichuan province. It was the first time the nation mourned its ordinary citizens in this way. Across the country, three minutes of silence was observed starting from 2:28 p.m., exactly one week after the quake struck.

Across China, millions stood in silence as air raid sirens, automobile, train and ship horns wailed. Bourses and commodities exchanges suspended trading for three minutes. On April 21th this year, China declared a day of mourning nationwide for more than two-thousand victims of the deadly earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai province. Across Qinghai, starting from 10 am that morning, people stood for 3 minutes of silence. Meanwhile across the country, the Chinese national flag was at half mast, as was the case at China's embassies and consulates around the world.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program