Celebrations Of The 70th Anniversary Of The PRC Held In Tibet
2019-10-08
 
People from all walks of life gather in front of the Potala Palace for a celebration marking the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary.
 
2019 sees the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and throughout Tibet, celebrations have been held to celebrate this momentous occasion. 1949 saw the end of the Chinese Civil War and the rise to power of the Communist Party in China, with the infamous Kuomintang retreating offshore to Taiwan and other islands. On October 1, 1949, the Communist Party Chairman, Mao Zedong, publicly proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in Tiananmen Square in Beijing with a mass celebration.
 
 
Performers dance in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa on Sunday during a celebration marking the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary.
 


Seventy years later, the celebrations of this monumental event in China’s history were held across the entire country, with major celebrations being held in Tibet’s capital of Lhasa. Thousands of people gathered in the famous Potala Palace Square in the Tibet Autonomous Region on Sunday September 29, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which was on Tuesday October 1. From government officials, policemen, and soldiers to students, farmers, and monks, thousands of people turned out for the celebrations, carrying small flags of the PRC, as well as holding blooming flowers and the traditional Khada of Tibet, a white scarf that represents purity.
 
 
 
Over the last 70 years, Tibetan people have driven historic changes, said the regional Party Secretary, Wu Yingjie, in his speech during the ceremony. According to the regional secretary, the Gross Domestic Product of Tibet has risen massively, from 18 billion US dollars back in 1951 to more than 20.5 billion last year. And majority of this increase has come about due to the increase in Tourism in Tibet over the last ten to twelve years. And the city of Lhasa has become a major location in Southeast Asia for investment and development, with improved transport networks being the main arteries for the social and economic development of Tibet’s ancient capital.
 
 
 
The “platinum” jubilee celebrations, as they have been termed in the western world, fall on this year’s National Day holiday, a week-long holiday that has been termed the Golden Week in China. The holiday was first instituted back in December 1949, with the Central People’s Government passing the resolution that declared October 1 to be the National Day celebrations to commemorate the founding of the PRC.
 
 
 
The celebrations at the Potala Palace Square included performances of music and dance, as well as traditional Tibetan operas. Most of the performances were done by local Tibetans from Lhasa prefecture, with around half of the performers in this Grand Gala being made up of normal farmers and nomadic herdsmen from the area to the north of the capital. The crowds listened to speeches from the various political and regional spokespersons, and sang the Chinese national anthem, the "March of the Volunteers", before the dancing and opera performances began in earnest.
 

Singers perform on Sunday during a celebration marking the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary.
 
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