Chinese National Day around the world in 2020

  How long until Chinese National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 297 days.
  Dates of Chinese National Day around the world
2021 Various Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6, Oct 7
China Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6, Oct 7
ChinaThu, Oct 7National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Oct 6National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Oct 5National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaMon, Oct 4National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Oct 3National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Oct 2National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaFri, Oct 1National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Oct 1National Holiday
Macau Oct 1, Oct 2
MacauSat, Oct 2National Holiday
MacauFri, Oct 1National Holiday
2020 Various Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6, Oct 7, Oct 8
China Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6, Oct 7, Oct 8
ChinaThu, Oct 8National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Oct 7National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Oct 6National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaMon, Oct 5National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Oct 4National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Oct 3National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaFri, Oct 2National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaThu, Oct 1National Holiday
Hong KongThu, Oct 1National Holiday
Macau Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 5
MacauMon, Oct 5Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauFri, Oct 2National Holiday (additional day)
MacauThu, Oct 1National Holiday
2019 Various Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 7
China Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 7
ChinaMon, Oct 7National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaFri, Oct 4National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaThu, Oct 3National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaWed, Oct 2National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Oct 1National Holiday
Hong KongTue, Oct 1National Holiday
Macau Oct 1, Oct 2
MacauWed, Oct 2National Holiday
MacauTue, Oct 1National Holiday
2018 Various Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5
China Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5
ChinaFri, Oct 5National Holiday
ChinaThu, Oct 4National Holiday
ChinaWed, Oct 3National Holiday
ChinaTue, Oct 2National Holiday
ChinaMon, Oct 1National Holiday
Hong KongMon, Oct 1National Holiday
Macau Oct 1, Oct 2
MacauTue, Oct 2National Holiday
MacauMon, Oct 1National Holiday
2017 Various Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6
China Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 5, Oct 6
ChinaFri, Oct 6National Holiday
ChinaThu, Oct 5National Holiday
ChinaWed, Oct 4National Holiday
ChinaTue, Oct 3National Holiday
ChinaMon, Oct 2National Holiday
ChinaSun, Oct 1National Holiday
Hong KongMon, Oct 2National Holiday
Macau Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 3
MacauTue, Oct 3Government Holiday
MacauMon, Oct 2National Holiday
MacauSun, Oct 1National Holiday
  Summary
The People's Republic of China was founded on October 1st 1949 with a ceremony at Tian'anmen Square.
  Which countries observe Chinese National Day in 2020?
China  ChinaOct 1National Holiday
Hong Kong  Hong KongOct 1National Holiday
Macau  MacauOct 1National Holiday

When is Chinese National Day?

The People's Republic of China (PRC) observes its anniversary on October 1st. China's National Day (国庆节) has been celebrated in various ways during the history of the PRC.

In China, the holiday is officially three days, but the holidays are usually extended by bridge holidays compensated by working on weekends depending on how the holiday falls in the week. This creates a so-called 'Golden Week' of holidays. This makes it the second-largest holiday period in China. This approach was introduced in 2000 to help boost domestic tourism and to allow families to make long journeys to visit relatives, though unlike most Chinese holidays, National Day doesn't come with any obligations to visit your family.

In 2019, about 782 million people travelled during the National Day holiday, with 30.5% doing so by car, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

History of Chinese National Day

On October 1st 1949 Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China from atop Beijing's Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'anmen Gate).

This marked the end of a bitter civil war between the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party under the leadership of Mao.

In December 1949, the Chinese Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China, declaring that October 1st is the National Day of China.

From 1950 - 1959, grand rallies and massive military parades were held to mark the National Day.

In 1960, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council decided to simplify the celebration, according to the principle of building up the country through hard work and frugality.

From 1960 until 1970, mass rallies were still held in Tian'anmen Square, though military parades were cancelled.

From 1971 to 1983, visiting parks and other galas replaced mass rallies and military parades.

Grand celebrations have been rarely held since then, except for the mass rallies and military parades in 1984 and 1999 to commemorate the 35th anniversary and 50th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

Most people believe that countries' national days are of crucial cultural importance, acting as symbols of independent states and reflecting a country's government system.

Did you know?

Three facts about Chinese National Day

China's nation sport is table tennis.

​The Great Wall of China is 13,170 miles long. It was built by one million laborers 2,200 years ago. 400,000 of those workers died while making it and their bodies were buried inside the wall. ​It's so long that it covers three countries - China, North Korea and Mongolia.

In China, there is an "Elderly Rights" law which makes it illegal for anyone who has parents over 60 not to visit them regularly.

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