Today if you visit Google China you will be greeted with the “China National Day” Google Doodle. I am not too familiar with the holidays and China, and appreciate it that Google frequently use their doodles to announce days like this, for me it act both as a reminder of important days, events but also aid to broaden my general knowledge from time to time.
The National Day of the People’s Republic of China is celebrated every year on October 1. China National Day is a public holiday in China and provide people with the opportunity to celebrate the day without having to work.
China’s National Day marks the start of one of the two Golden Weeks in the PRC. However, there have been some recent controversies over whether Golden Weeks should be kept.
China’s National Day is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with a variety of government-organized festivities, including fireworks and concerts. Public places, such as Tiananmen Square in Beijing, are decorated in a festive theme. Portraits of revered leaders, such as Mao Zedong, are publicly displayed.
Fireworks display is usually held nationwide in all cities, including Hong Kong, where a fireworks display to celebrate the Chinese National Day of the People’s Republic of China has been held since 1997 at Victoria Harbour in the evening. Many parades occur in the city of Beijing and some are very large.
China National Day Google Doodle
At first when I visited the Chinese Google Homepage, I thought that the doodle represented Children’s Day in China. The Doodle showcases what looks like parents, and the children playing in the doodle made me think about Children’s Day rather that the “China National Day” on further investigation it became more clear that the Doodle were in fact about the “China National Day” being celebrated today.