Mao’s birthday celebrated

Fight Back! News Service is circulating the following article from the New China News Agency on the celebrations marking the 117th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth.

Chinese mark 117th anniversary of Chairman Mao’s birth

CHANGSHA, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — People across China marked the 117th anniversary of the birth of late leader Mao Zedong on Sunday with various activities in his hometown in central Hunan Province as well as in other parts of the nation.

In Mao’s birthplace, Shaoshan village, villagers and visitors arrived in the early morning to observe a local tradition in celebration of Mao’s birthday — eating a bowl of noodles.

“Today is Chairman Mao’s 117th anniversary and many tourists came from afar on this special day just to have a bowl of ‘long-life noodles’ to show their respect towards the chairman,” said village official Mao Yushi.

Noodles are a traditional Chinese food to celebrate birthdays, as people believe long noodles stand for longevity.

The villagers and tourists then came to Mao Zedong Square where they paid tribute to the “Great Helmsman” by leaving behind bouquets at Mao’s bronze statue and singing the famous tune “The East is Red”, a song in tribute of Mao.

Meanwhile, nearly 10,000 citizens in Shaoshan – known as one of China’s “red tourism” sites – marked the date with a 5,000-meter foot race that started from Mao’s former residence and ended at the square in front of the Shaoshan Railway Station.

Shaoshan, now designated a landmark in China’s modern history, receives millions of people from home and overseas every year.

On the same day, memorial activities were held in other cities around the nation.

In Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province, tourists and citizens braved the early morning chill to travel to Juzizhou island in the middle of the Xiangjiang River to pay tribute to the late chairman.

Mao’s poems were recited and songs and dances in tribute of Mao were performed on the island, where a 32-meter-high Mao statue was erected one year ago.

In Beijing, by mid-day more than 10,000 people had visited Mao’s Mausoleum on Tian’anmen Square, including Mao’s grandson Mao Xinyu, who presented a basket of flowers along with his family.

Similar activities were also held in provinces of Hebei, Gansu, Shanxi, Shandong and Henan to commemorate the founder of the New China, who was born on Dec. 26, 1893 and died on Sept. 9, 1976.

For those who were unable to come to Shaoshan or Beijing, they found alternative ways to express their respect of Mao.

Nearly 1,000 Internet users left messages and presented “cyber flowers” at the online memorial page of, a portal website of Shaoshan.

“You will always live in the heart of the people and we shall cherish the memory of you forever,” one message reads.

6 responses to “Mao’s birthday celebrated

  1. In only half a century, Socialism, guided by the Chinese Communist Party, has changed China from a repressed colony of western capitalists powers to an independent world super power. Capitalist nations meanwhile wallow in flagrant corruption, war, and economic injustice. Celebrate the birth and life of Mao Zedong!

  2. We often hear about how hundreds of millions of people have been brought out of poverty in China these past 30 years, after the reforms began. This is true, and is a great achievement.

    But what is not heard of so much is significant economic growth and industrialisation continued more or less unabated during Mao’s time (except for 1959, and 1960, when China suffered the worst climatic conditions in over a century).

    It can also be argued that by bringing socialist revolution to China, Mao saved more lives than any other man (at least in the political sphere) in history. Life expectancy in 1949 was 34. In 1976, the year of Mao’s death it was already 67 – the most dramatic raising of life expectancy in documented history. Even Western researchers have to admit this. Refer this ongoing Stanford University study:

    You can compare China’s performance in raising life expectancy compared with India, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, and South Africa here:

    Some interesting points from the chart.

    In 1960, the worst year of supposedly the worst famine in all of human history, China’s life expectancy was 46.6 years, still higher than the 42.4 years India had achieved at that time (the so called ‘catastrophe’ of the Great Leap Forward resulted in a huge set-back, but relative to what had already been achieved in the first decade of revolutionary China).

    Between 1965 and 1976, more or less the years of the Cultural Revolution, which was apparently nothing but an unmitigated disaster for China, life expectancy just 0.2 years shy of a decade. That is on average every year of the Cultural Revolution saw a one year increment in life expectancy.

    By 1976, the year of Mao’s death China’s life expectancy of 64.9 years was 4 years higher than Brazil’s, 12 years higher than India’s, and 13.3 years higher than Indonesia’s.

  3. Luis Lazaro Tijerina

    To Mao Tse-Tung On His Birthday

    A Legendary snow leopard
    once roamed Chingkang Mountain,
    Then he strode mightily
    over the Great Snowy Mountain…
    His Long March cradled the peoples’ sharpen claws.
    When the Helmsman entered old age,
    He swam the Yangtze River
    like a playful boy.

    Thunderstorms come; a wilderness of snowflakes
    fall across cities, countryside,
    and nation-states;
    An array of pale stars and stripes like a banner
    of pale bones and blood attempts to suffocate the world,
    But heroes come again
    amid a red sea of stars.

    Luis Lázaro Tijerina
    Burlington, Vermont

  4. Mao Zedong will always be remembered for his fight against injustice and exploitation of the inferior by the superiors. You will forever remain in our memories.

  5. Long Live The Revolutionary Proletarian Teachings of Chairman Mao Zedong

  6. Many readers may not realize that there is a vigorous Marxist-Leninist-Maoist presence on the Chinese web. There are a wide variety of sites that give a wide-ranging and in depth critique of developments within China and throughout the world fom the perspective of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought. Some are as follows:
    There are links to other sites at Use google chrome for instantaneous translation. I read Chinese and the google translations are sub-par and confusing but the article titles give some indication of the rich contents.

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