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China Teacher's Day - Why and Why Sep 10th
Created by a group of China’s most esteemed professors, Teachers’ Day was celebrated in June in the 1930s. The Manifesto on Teachers’ Day explained the professors’ hope that the holiday would inspire the nation to:|
create better living conditions for teachers
safeguard teacher’s work
improve teacher’s qualities.
(From Chinese Festivals, 2005)
In 1939, the Ministry of Education moved the holiday to August 27, the birthday’s of China’s great teacher Confucius. (Taiwan still celebrates Teachers’ Day on Confucius’s birthday, which is now observed September 28.)
In 1951 the new Communist Chinese government bumped Teachers’ Day to May 1, Labor Day, but as you can imagine, the event was overshadowed by one of China’s biggest holidays.
In December of 1984 the Beijing Evening Paper published an article citing a suggestion by Professor Wang Zikun who proposed that teachers be given their own day once again. The idea quickly gained support and a September 10th Teachers’ Day was put into law the following year.
Why September 10th?
According to travelchinaguide.com:
The reason to choose this day is because when the fall semester begins, a fine studious atmosphere will be created if activities of respecting teachers and valuing education are held.
Students unfurl a 100-meter banner on Teachers Day (Now, class, how many inches is that?)
China has two other holidays dedicated to specific professions: Nurses (May 12) and Journalists (November 8).
Teacher's Day Flowers and Gifts to China - Same day.
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