Perhaps it sounds a bit too rude and untimely to raise this question today. Yet it also seems to be a difficult but important question that has been taken too easily.
My question is: Why does the founding day of a government is celebrated as the national day? Is there any better or more reasonable choice?
I think so. I believe the national day should be a day of paramount historical significance, rather than the founding day of a regime. When the regime collapses, the national day no longer means anything. However, a day of historical significance, a turning point in a nation's history or a day to be remembered by all the people of the nation should be sustained despite changes of regimes and political leaders. This is why most nations around the world have the day of independence or liberation from autocratic rule as the national day. Freedom and independence are indeed universal human values shared and celebrated by all mankind.
For this reason, I would propose 10 October as the national day of China. This day should be remembered on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and all Chinese people around the world simply because this is the most important turning point in modern Chinese history - the imperial period in China that had lasted for more than two millennia was put to an end on this day 98 years ago. In other words, it marked the beginning of a truly modern China.
How unfortunate it is to see such an important day being ignored and forgotten by so many, and its significance being played down due to nothing more than the antagonism between two rivalling parties. The successful uprising in Wuchang (part of Wuhan today) in 1911 terminated the 267-year rule of Manchus over China. A brand new system of government that was never seen in the Chinese eye was put in place of what had been dominating the Chinese soil for more than 2,000 years. Despite the hardship and struggles that followed, the 1911 uprising should be remembered as the founding day of modern China. The deliberate playdown by the communist regime on the Mainland and the misperception that the celebration of 10 October implies support for Taiwan independence is by all means regrettable. At a time when the official propaganda is advocating patriotism through education, the redefinition of the Chinese national day and the commemoration of the Wuchang Uprising should top the agenda.