Teachers' Day in China Date in the current year: September 10, 2016

Teachers' Day in China Many countries around the world celebrate Teachers' Day to show respect and appreciation for the work the teachers and educators do every day. The People's Republic of China annually celebrates Teachers' Day on September 10.

Teachers' Day gained the status of national celebration in China on January 21, 1985. The “cultural revolution” in China reduced the number of intellectual workers, particularly teachers, that is why the government had to initiate this holiday. This was the first step to draw public attention to the importance of work of teachers.

The government didn't explain, why the holiday was fixed on September 10, that is why some proposals were made to move the date of Teachers' Day to September 28, that is birthday of Confucius (by the way, this is the common day of celebration of this holiday in Taiwan).

Educational system in China is based on Western standards, that is why many Chinese educational traditions are forgotten. For instance, the disciples showed their respect for teachers washing their feet. Nowadays different festivals and meetings are held across the schools of China and students give flowers and gifts to their teachers.

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