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National Day

National Day 2019 and 2020

Throughout the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong and Macau, National Day is celebrating beginning 1 October of every year.

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In reality, the holiday runs from 1-3 October in most of China, on 1-2 October in Macau, and only on 1 October in Hong Kong. The whole week, however, is a less official celebration called “Golden Week,” which includes Mid-Autumn Festival on 4 October.

The People’s Republic of China was founded on September 21st, 1949, but National Day is held on 1 October because that is the day when the official founding ceremony was held in Tiananmen Square.

The main celebration takes place in Tiananmen Square, and military reviews every five years are a major attraction. But other events take place throughout China, including in Macau. Thus, you may see flag-raising ceremonies, folk singing and dancing, fireworks in public parks, and arts events.

The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest culminates on National Day and is very impressive, with 10 professional fireworks companies competing.