Data map: On October 1, a huge portrait of Sun Yat-sen stood in front of the Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square.
Photo by China News Agency reporter Hou Yu
China News Agency, Beijing, May 7th, title: Why is there a portrait of Sun Yat-sen in Tiananmen Square on May 1st and 11th?
Author Huang Yuqin Lv Linghan
During the "May Day" festival that just passed, a huge portrait of Sun Yat-sen was once again erected on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Tourists like weaving stopped here to pay their respects.
In fact, at the founding ceremony of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, a portrait of Sun Yat-sen was erected on Tiananmen Square.
Since the 1950s, it has become a common practice to display Sun Yat-sen's portraits at this symbolic political landmark every "May Day" and "Eleventh".
Why is there such a special arrangement?
This is not only from the norms of official festival etiquette activities, but also from the admiration of the Chinese sons and daughters at home and abroad for this great national hero, patriot, and revolutionary pioneer.
Sun Yat-sen took revolution as his mission throughout his life, and vowed to "save the people urgently and help the people of the building", exhausting his life's energy to transform China; on the road of seeking to save the country and the people, Sun Yat-sen was heartbroken for China's poverty and weakness at that time. , The first to shout out the slogan "Revitalize China" loudly.
The leaders of the Communist Party of China always gave Sun Yat-sen a lofty evaluation, summarizing his great historical merits as "One is to lead the Revolution of 1911, which ended China's two thousand years of feudal monarchy; the other is to create cooperation between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party, which led to the victory of the Northern Expedition." The Three People's Principles, the united front policy, and the spirit of hard struggle are Sun Yat-sen's "most central, most essential and greatest legacy left to us" and "the greatest contribution to the Chinese nation."
Therefore, the Chinese Communists have always regarded themselves as the most staunch supporter, the most loyal collaborator, and the most loyal successor to Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary cause.
Since 1956 Beijing held a commemorative meeting to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's birth, and Mao Zedong published an article "In Memory of Mr. Sun Yat-sen", the tradition of holding grand birthday commemorative activities every "10" has continued to this day.
The conversations of the leaders of successive generations at the memorial meeting condensed the traces of different eras.
"The railway enters Qinghai-Tibet, the highway is densely connected, the high gorge exits Pinghu, the port connects the five oceans, the industry is full, the rice and wheat fragrant everywhere, the Shenzhou is flying in space, and the national defense is stronger." In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen’s birth, Secretary Xi Jinping once used this pictorial description to present the achievements of the Communist Party of China in leading the world's largest developing country.
The blueprint for the future of China that Sun Yat-sen drew a hundred years ago has now become a reality in China. One after another, the remarkable leaps and even the visions of the predecessors are enough to comfort the ancestors.
From achieving national independence and establishing a new China, to embarking on the road of national rejuvenation, from rising to the world’s second largest economy, to eliminating absolute poverty that has plagued thousands of years, today’s China, as Xi Jinping said, “we are better than history. The last period is closer to the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and more confident and capable of achieving this goal than any period in history."
Whether it is a huge portrait erected in Tiananmen Square or a high-level commemorative event, the grand memorial of Sun Yat-sen by the Chinese Communists is not only a solemn tribute to the great man, but also an explanation to the outside world about how the century-old party has been completed in the inheritance of the times. Unfinished business of the predecessors.
More importantly, between the promotion and inheritance, the joint force of national rejuvenation has been continuously condensed among all the Chinese sons and daughters.
"Never imagine that we can beat the gongs and drums and achieve our goals smoothly." There is still a long way to go to realize the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and there are still many difficulties and risks to overcome.
After nearly a hundred years, Sun Yat-sen's cries of "the revolution has not yet succeeded, comrades still need to work hard" are still in my ears.
On special days such as the “May 1st” International Labor Day and the “Eleventh” National Day, continuing the tradition of placing the portrait of Mr. Zhongshan in Tiananmen Square is a remembrance and tribute, as well as comfort and self-motivation.