From yesterday, May 19th, when you browse Chinese websites, you’ll find something changed — the font color of webpages has been changed to black and white.
Yes, that’s one of what China is doing to mourn for quake victims.
On May 18th, China announced three-day mourning for quake victims, suspension for torch relay. The State Council, the Cabinet, on Sunday ordered a nationwide display of respect for the dead. The Olympic torch relay will also be suspended from Monday to Wednesday, the Olympic organizing committee said. China’s diplomatic missions abroad were also ordered to observe the order, and condolence books are to be opened in the Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassies and consulates around the world.
The public are asked to stand in silence for three minutes from 2:28 p.m. on Monday, while automobiles, trains, and ships would sound their air sirens. Financial markets also suspended trading for three minutes.
Flags have been kept at half-mast and all public amusements are suspended for three days from Monday as China began an official mourning period for victims of the May 12 earthquake.
From leaders to down, all Chinese are mourning for quake victims.
Yesterday afternoon, several minutes before 2:28 came, I was being in a bus in Beisihuan Xilu of Beijing. When it was 2:28 sharp, all vehicles stopped and sounded their sirens. Passers-by also stopped and stood in silence. And from the video screen on the bus, I saw thousands of people shouting "Go, Go, China!" "Brave and strong, China!" and "Brave and Strong, Wenchuan!” "Hang on, Sichuan!"
At that time, colors which belonged to China were just black and white. What Chinese people felt was only sadness. People all over the China and overseas Chinese prayed for the quake dead.
China is carrying through its first-ever national mourning for quake victims.
We pray for people who died in the deadly quake. And we hope the survivors could walk out of shadow of the tragedy soon.
2:28 P.M., A MOMENT THAT FREEZES.
CHINA, A NATION IN GRIEF.