National Anthem Banned From Weddings and Funerals

National Anthem Banned From Weddings and Funerals

Chinese state media reported on Friday that the national anthem has been banned from parties, weddings, funerals, or other “non-political celebrations.” Xinhua reports on the new regulation and the proper venues and etiquette for breaking into patriotic song:

The national anthem should not be performed or chanted at weddings and funerals or in commercial arenas, Chinese authorities said Friday.

Also banned is performing or chanting the anthem during entertainment activities such as balls or non-political celebrations, according to a statement issued by the Communist Party of China central committee’s general office and the general office of the State Council.

The statement standardizes proper etiquette for the national anthem, which reflects national independence and liberation, a prosperous, strong country and the affluence of the people.

[…] It is also allowed during the national flag rising ceremony, at the beginning of important sports events, when Chinese athletes win in international sports games and at arenas where national dignity should be fought for and safeguarded. The anthem should be promoted in schools and kindergartens across the country, the statement read. [Source]


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