The origins of various countries’National Days are diverse. According to statistics, 35 countries in the world set the day the nation was founded as the National Day. Other countries use the day their capital was seized as the National Day, such as Cuba and Cambodia, while others recognize Independence Day instead.
On January 1st, 1804, the people of Haiti annihilated Napoleon’s 60,000 expeditionary forces and declared January 1st as their National Day. Mexico and Ghana also observe January 1 as National Day.
Other countries recognize armed uprising as a National Day anniversary, like France. On July 14th, 1789, the people of Paris captured the Bastille, a symbol of feudal rule, and overthrew the monarchy regime.
Some nations use days of significant declarations as their National Day. The Continental Congress adopted the “Declaration of Independence”on July 4th, 1776, marking the US’ National Day.
The birthday of a nation’s leader has also been adopted as a National Day for celebration in many countries, including Nepal, Thailand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium.
China’s National Day this year will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, sure to be the nation’s biggest celebration yet.
Editor: Yan Fei