National Day celebrations, 2021

10/10/2021 08:00 AM
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The Taipei 101 skyscraper displays messages, including "Happy Birthday" in Chinese, to mark National Day Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
The Taipei 101 skyscraper displays messages, including "Happy Birthday" in Chinese, to mark National Day Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

National Day fireworks display in Kaohsiung

CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
President Tsai Ing-wen attends the fireworks display in Kaohsiung. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
President Tsai Ing-wen attends the fireworks display in Kaohsiung. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

National Day celebrations in Taipei

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrates its 110th National Day on Sunday, mostly with flag raising ceremonies around Taiwan in the morning, including one in front of the Presidential Office at 6 a.m.

Flag-raising ceremonies held across Taiwan on National Day

CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
Courtesy of the Presidential Office

(For broadcast in Mandarin: https://youtu.be/_4ruPwcaOqg)

The annual celebration organized by the central government began at 8:55 a.m., with a performance by National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at the Taipei 101 skyscraper.

Photo courtesy of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
Photo courtesy of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

A series of performances by a military honor guard and marching band, street dancers, gymnasts and taekwondo athletes next took place in front of the Presidential Office.

CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
A performance by the TBC (The Best Dance) group. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
A performance by the TBC (The Best Dance) group. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
Young gymnasts perform various routines during the celebrations. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
Young gymnasts perform various routines during the celebrations. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
A taekwondo-themed performance by We.R TKD Demonstration team. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
A taekwondo-themed performance by We.R TKD Demonstration team. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

The formal ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem by the National Taiwan Hakka Children's Choir, and the group was joined by Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lo Chia-ling (羅嘉翎), two nurses, a policeman and a firefighter.

Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (in gray jacket) and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lo Chia-ling (to Lo
Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (in gray jacket) and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lo Chia-ling (to Lo's right) lead the singing of the national anthem. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

At the same time, CH-47 Chinook helicopters carried 18-meter wide and 12-meter long Republic of China flags -- the largest ever used at the event -- as they fly over the Presidential Office building.

Largest national flag flyby, military parade mark ROC's 110th birthday

ShenAi, a group of Indigenous singers, perform before president delivered her National Day address. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
ShenAi, a group of Indigenous singers, perform before president delivered her National Day address. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) gave her National Day address during the ceremony, before a parade of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and a military display rounds up the celebrations in Taipei.

Full text of President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day address

President Tsai Ing-wen delivers her National Day speech. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
President Tsai Ing-wen delivers her National Day speech. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
Olympic and Paralympic athletes lead the parade following the president
Olympic and Paralympic athletes lead the parade following the president's speech. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
National Day parade in Taipei. Courtesy of the General Association of Chinese Culture
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
The Mirage 2000 fighter jets. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
The Mirage 2000 fighter jets. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
An Air Force flyby that concluded the morning celebrations in Taipei Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
An Air Force flyby that concluded the morning celebrations in Taipei Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
Former President Ma Ying-jeou (left), Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (second right) and President Tsai Ing-wen (right) greet people taking part in the parade. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
Former President Ma Ying-jeou (left), Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (second right) and President Tsai Ing-wen (right) greet people taking part in the parade. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
President Tsai Ing-wen (center) poses on Oct. 8 for a photo with military personnel and the giant flag to be used on National Day. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office
President Tsai Ing-wen (center) poses on Oct. 8 for a photo with military personnel and the giant flag to be used on National Day. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office

(By Kay Liu) 

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (right) greets a woman at the city
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (right) greets a woman at the city's flag raising ceremony Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
A lion dance at Taipei
A lion dance at Taipei's flag raising ceremony. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
The flag raising ceremony in New Taipei, host of this yea
The flag raising ceremony in New Taipei, host of this yea'rs National Games. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
A flag raising ceremony held by Tainan City government Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
A flag raising ceremony held by Tainan City government Sunday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
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