PHBS UK Campus celebrates National Day of the People
Festivals, concerts and a series of upcoming ceremonial events are happening throughout China on this 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples’ Republic of China, and the overseas Chinese community of the UK Campus of Peking University Business School were no exception in wanting to celebrate this prestigious date in the Chinese calendar.
Beijing has been covered with red flags and banners reading "Today's China is the result of the work of Chinese people". The National Day of the People's Republic of China, also known as Guoqing Jie, is celebrated annually on October the 1st, to solemnize the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, at the end of the Chinese Civil War.
For every anniversary of a decade, China holds a large parade in Beijing to celebrate its National Day. This year, where it is the 70th anniversary, from students to farmers, doctors to teachers, the parade has been attended by more than 100,000 civilians, on floats, from different social backgrounds, representing different Chinese regions.
At the PHBS UK Campus, the National Flag was raised, and Chinese music was played in the background, setting the right atmosphere for a lunch that brought together international students, staff, family and friends - a gathering that connected Oxford to China and that also benefited from the presence of special guests.
Along with celebrating Chinese tradition, this event was also intended to honour the historical background of the UK Campus. Before PHBS, this same facility used to be the home of The Open University.
As a symbolic gesture of honouring the history of the place where we come to work and study every day, some members from the Open University were invited to celebrate the past, the present, and wish for a prosperous future.
Although it is an official public holiday, another six days are added to it, in replacement of two weekend breaks, so this is also known as the Golden Week.
It is China’s most important and high-profile event of the year. The parades, that involve speeches concerts and fireworks, happen every five and ten-year celebrations.