China has several public holidays of national character including the 1st of May which is Labor Day. Until very recently (2008) this holiday was celebrated for seven days, the Chinese government deciding to reduce the number of days off to three in favor of other Chinese holidays.
The history of International Workers' Day in China started in 1919, when the intelligentsia initiated insurgencies in Shanghai. Later, in 1920, Beijing and Shanghai held the first-ever demonstration in honor of all workers. Officially, this holiday was established and approved by the Chinese government in 1949.
During the “cultural revolution” May Day in China was considered, almost the most important holiday in the country. Amplitudinous rallies and demonstrations across China were organized to celebrate this Day. The holiday was more of a political character. However, at the end of XX century, the situation changed dramatically.
Today Labor Day in China is a sort of a cheerful family holiday. During these three days of holidays, the Chinese go to the country, meet friends, and attend solemn events. Many people visit theaters and exhibitions. The streets of the Chinese cities hold demonstrations and performances.
May Day holidays is the best time to visit China, because at this period of year, the government gives permission for discounts. Not only can you visit the main attractions of the country at discounted prices, but also to go shopping.
These and other Chinese practices all form part of an understanding of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs.
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