October 1st, 2020 is a special day, because in China, there are two festivals on this day, namely the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day. Here, we announce our holiday arrangements for these two festivals. If you are interested in learning about Chinese culture too, we also provide an introduction to these two holidays.
The Holiday Schedule of Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival 2020
EBEE Technology will be on vacation from October 1st to October 8th, 2020 in order to celebrate the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival. On October 9th, we will return to work as normal working days.
The holiday calendar is as follows:
Calendar for October 2020
During the holidays, we have staff on duty. If there is any need for thermostat, WiFi thermostat service, please contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, if you are interested, we will introduce you to the traditional Chinese culture of these two festivals.
Introduction to Chinese National Day
The Origin of Chinese National Day.
China was established on October 1st, 1949, and in that year, October 1st was recognized as China’s National Day. Since 1950, October 1st has been a grand celebration of Chinese people of all ethnic groups.
The Development of Chinese National Day
After the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, 1949, the celebration methods of the National Day have been changed several times.
In the early days of the founding of New China (1950-1959), large-scale celebrations and military parades were held every National Day. In September 1960, the management decided to reform the National Day celebration system based on the policy of diligence and thrift. Since then, from 1960 to 1970, grand rallies and mass demonstrations were held in front of Tiananmen Square on National Day every year, but no military parade was held.
From 1971 to 1983, on October 1st each year, Beijing city celebrated the National Day with large-scale garden party activities and other forms, without mass demonstrations. In 1984, the 35th anniversary of the National Day, a grand National Day military parade and mass celebration parade were held. In the following ten years, other forms of celebration of the National Day were adopted, and the National Day military parade and mass celebration parade were not held. On October 1, 1999, the 50th anniversary of National Day, a grand National Day military parade and mass celebration parade were held. This is the last grand National Day celebration held by the People’s Republic of China in the 20th century.
Since the founding of China, 15 times military parades have been held during the National Day celebrations. They were 11 times from 1949 to 1959 and 4 times for the 35th anniversary of the National Day in 1984, the 50th anniversary of the National Day in 1999, the 60th anniversary of the National Day in 2009, and the 70th anniversary of the National Day in 2019.
The change in the form of celebration on National Day every year also symbolizes China’s development.
The National Day has been called the “Golden Week” holiday in Mainland since 1999. The statutory holiday for National Day is 3 days, and add the two weekends before and after, it is adjusted to a total of 7 days. For overseas institutions and enterprises in Mainland China, it is 3-7 days. For Macau Special Administrative Region is 2 days, and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is 1 day.
What Are People Doing On National Day?
Because the National Day holiday is particularly long, people will take part in some interesting activities to spend it. The main activities are as follows:
- Watching movie. There are always many good movies on National Day every year. Watching a movie can bring people closer to her or his lovers and friends.
- Go home to visit relatives. Some people who study and work in other places often take this opportunity to go home and visit relatives. Because Chinese culture values family harmony.
- Classmate reunion. Some people with higher education will choose to reunite with classmates who have a better relationship to connect with each other.
- Traveling. Transportation is becoming more and more convenient, and group travel with family or friends has become a fashionable way of vacation. Even, many people choose to travel abroad.
- Discount shopping. During National Day, it is also the time for major merchants to promote sales. If you want to buy something during the year, you can save a lot of money by taking advantage of the National Day. This is similar to the Black Friday promotion in the United States.
- Relaxing. Taking a good rest is also a good choice for people who are usually tired from work and study.
It is important to balance work and holidays. EBEE Technology will also take a good rest in order to provide you with better services.
Introduction to Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival with the Spring Festival, the Ching Ming Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival are also known as the four traditional Chinese festivals. Some East Asian and Southeast Asian countries also have the Mid-Autumn festival, such as Vietnam.
The origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a symbol of the ancient Chinese people’s exploration of the universe. People are in awe of the moon. It rises and sets just like the sun, and its shape keeps changing. It is believed that there is god on the moon, and worship is to be held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month when the moon is at its fullest in a year.
Therefore, the moon cakes that people eat during the Mid-Autumn Festival are the food sacrificed in the past. It is round like the moon. Now, people symbolized it as a complete family.
How Do People Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?
- Lighting up the lantern. On the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, lanterns are lit and tied to bamboo poles, erected on tile eaves or terraces, or built into glyphs or various shapes with small lamps, and hung on the heights of houses. The scale of the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival seems to be second only to the Lantern Festival.
- Watching the full moon. It is said that the moon is the closest to the earth on this night, and the moon is the largest, roundest and brightest, so there has been a custom of feasting and watching the moon since ancient times.
- Guessing riddles. Many lanterns are hung in public places on the Mid-Autumn Festival Moon Night. People gather to guess the riddles written on the lanterns, because it is a favorite activity of most young men and women, and love stories are also spread at these activities, so Mid-Autumn Festival guessing lantern riddles It has also been derived from a form of love between men and women.
- Eating moon cakes. Moon cakes were originally used as offerings to worship the moon god. Later, people gradually took the Mid-Autumn Festival to admire the moon and taste moon cakes as a symbol of family reunion. Moon cakes symbolize reunion, and people regard them as festive food, and use them to offer sacrifices to relatives and friends. Since its development, eating moon cakes has become a must-have custom for the Mid-Autumn Festival in all parts of the north and south of China. People eat moon cakes to show “reunion” on this day.
Of course, among the various ethnic groups in China, there are many ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, for example, the Mongolians are nomads on the grasslands, and they have the custom of chasing the moon on horseback. A traditional festival also derives various cultures.
October 1st, the Special Day
The National Day is calculated according to the internationally accepted calendar, while the Mid-Autumn Festival is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar. On average, they have a chance to be on the same day per 19 years. In 2020, we have met them.
EBEE Technology hopes everyone can have double happiness!