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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

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