The Chinese national anthem ‘March of the Volunteers,’ often heard being belted out by students across the length and breadth of the nation, may be encountered with a little less regularity in the future, following the proposed introduction of a new set of regulations dictating where, when and how the anthem can be played.
On Friday, a statement issued by Chinese authorities announced that the anthem, which has been the official anthem of the PRC since 1949, will not be allowed to be played, sung or chanted at weddings, funerals, in commercial areas, or during non-political entertainment activities, reports Xinhua.
Emphasized by the statement is the effort to create an appropriate etiquette for the national anthem. This means that people should stand upright, still and be energetic as they respectfully recite the Tian Han-written lyrics.
Netizens worried that they won’t ever have another chance to whistle or croon to Nie Er’s powerful melody can relax, however, as the anthem can still be heard at political public gatherings, major sporting events, and at schools and kindergartens across the country.
Authorities appear to have gotten a grasp over what is respectful regarding the national anthem, however we are still waiting with bated breath to see if they do anything over the monstrosity that is Xi Dada Loves Peng Mama.
By Robert Ridley