China bans national anthem at weddings

China Premier, President Xi Jinping

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

The government also banned performing or chanting the anthem during entertainment activities such as balls or non-political celebrations.

It added that the national anthem may be played at the beginning of important celebrations or public political gatherings, formal diplomatic occasions or significant international gatherings.

“It is allowed during the national flag-raising ceremony, at the beginning of important sports events, when Chinese athletes win in international sports games.

“Also, it is allowed 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.

It said local governments were urged to supervise performance of the anthem and those violating etiquette will be criticised and corrected.

China’s national anthem is “March of the Volunteers,” with lyrics by poet Tian Han and music composed by Nie Er.



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