Double Tenth celebration carries on despite rain
By Sylvana Chan
Droves of supporters came to Chinatown on Oct. 6 despite rainy weather to celebrate the 102nd National Day of China on Oct. 10.
The celebration kicked off with a parade that began at the gates of Chinatown and ended at City Hall Plaza, filling the streets of downtown Boston with the rumble of Chinese drums, stunts of lion dancers and occasional canon blasts from the minutemen marching band.
At City Hall, Anne Hung, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, thanked participants for their high spirits and enduring support.
Known colloquially as Double Tenth Day, the holiday commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911 that sparked the revolution against the Qing Dynasty — ending two millennia of Chinese imperial rule and resulting in the establishment of the Republic of China or Taiwan on Jan. 1, 1912. Today, the holiday serves as an opportunity for Taiwanese and Chinese communities to celebrate the perseverance of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
Paul Chan of the Gee How Oak Tin Family Association of New England emphasized the importance of the holiday not just for Taiwanese, but for ethnic Chinese all over the world. He points out the gilded Chinese characters emblazoned on the Chinatown gate: tian xia wei gong (天下為公). “It means equality for all, a Chinese philosophy,” Chan said.
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