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21 Jan 2014 - 3:58 PM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2015 - 11:58 AM

Japan

February 11

National Foundation Day (建国記念の日 Kenkoku Kinen no Hi?) is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11, celebrating the foundation of Japan and the accession of its first Emperor, Emperor Jimmu.

How do they celebrate it?

The holiday is somewhat controversial and sometimes overt displays of patriotism are avoided. But still, customs include the raising of Japanese flags and reflection on the meaning of Japanese citizenship. In the picture below, you'll see a traditional Japanese drum performance happeneing in celebration.

South Korea

October 3rd

The day celebrates the foundation of Gojoseon (Gaecheonjeol), the first state of the Korean nation. According to the Samguk Yusa, Dangun founded Gojoseon on the 3rd day of 10th lunar month, 2333 BCE. Today, South Koreans celebrate their national foundation on October 3 according to the solar calendar, for convenience sake. "Gaecheonjeol" means "Heaven-opened Day".

15th August

Korean’s also celebrate Gwangbokjeol i.e. independence from Japan in 1945. (Independence from Japan was declared on March 1, 1919. August 15, 1945 is the official Liberation Day of Korea.)

How do they celebrate it?

For Gwangbokjeol, All buildings and homes are encouraged to display the South Korean national flag Taegukki. Not only are most public museums and places are open free of charge to the descendents of independence activists on the holiday, but they can also travel on both public transport and intercity trains for free. The official "Gwangbokjeol song"(광복절 노래) is sung at official ceremonies.

Indonesia

August 17

The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence (Indonesian: Proklamasi Kemerdekaan Indonesia, or simply Proklamasi) was read at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 1945. The declaration marked the start of the diplomatic and armed-resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands and pro-Dutch civilians, until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia's independence in 1949.

How do they celebrate it?

High-rise office buildings around town sprout large banners or lighted designs, fences around the presidential palace and many government offices are draped in red and white bunting, malls decorate in red and white and hold Independence. The whole town takes on a red and white hue and the words Dirgahayu RI (Long live Indonesia!) can be seen everywhere.

 

China

October 1

The National Day of the People's Republic of China (國慶節; pinyin: guóqìng jié) is celebrated every year on October 1. It is a public holiday in the People's Republic of China to celebrate their national day.

How do they celebrate it?

The National Day is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with a variety of government-organized festivities, including fireworks and concerts. Public places, such as Tiananmen Square in Beijing, are decorated in a festive theme. Portraits of revered leaders, such as Mao Zedong, are publicly displayed.

 

Malaysia

September 16

Malaysia Day is held on September 16 every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia.

How do they celebrate it?

Malaysia Day is celebrated with giant parades (both government and privately organised) highlighting the importance of unity between the Malaysian people.

If you have a mixed or different heritage - tell us how you celebrate your national day!