Double Ten Day

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Double Ten Day (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Shuāng Shí Jié) is the national day of the Republic of China and celebrates the start of the Wuchang Uprising of October 10, 1911, which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912. It is therefore designated by the government as National Celebration Day (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Guóqìng Rì).[1] As a result of the end of World War II in 1945 and end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the Republic of China government fled mainland China and established its presence on Taiwan which was formerly occupied by Japan. The Republic of China government relocated its capital to Taipei, Taiwan, while the Chinese Communist Party established the People's Republic of China on mainland China.

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Celebration in Taiwan

In Taiwan, the official celebration starts with the raising of the flag of the Republic of China in front of the Presidential Building, followed by public singing of the National Anthem of the Republic of China. It is then followed by celebrations in front of the Presidential Building, including a military parade. Festivities displayed also include many aspects of traditional Chinese culture, like the lion dance and drum teams. Later in the day, the President of the Republic of China addresses the country and fireworks displays are held throughout the major cities of the island. During the Double Ten Day of 2009, all government sponsored festivities were canceled, and the money intended for the festivals (NT$ 70 million) were reallocated for reconstruction of the damage done by Typhoon Morakot.

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